Here’s a picture of the cookies I bought a few days ago in Florence. At the bakery they were labeled “pescatore” but it seems the proper name is “pane del pescatore” which translates to something like “bread of the fisherman”.
The cookies stay fresh for a long time so you can take them on fishing trips — or in our case, trips from hotel to hotel. I’ve been eating them all through Italy. I believe their origin is Venice, which would make sense since it’s a city by the water. And from what I’ve read, the nuts vary. In Florence they were made with almonds, but they are also made with pistachios. The other ingredients are flour, sugar, raisins, baking powder and eggs.
The bakery where I bought mine made them in small and large sizes and also carried a chocolate coated variety. Both types are perfect with coffee, and I can’t wait to return home and try to bake some myself.