Pastiglie Leone's regal sweets
The story of Pastiglie Leone starts in 1857 when Luigi Leone opens a small confectionery business near the town of Alba, in the north-Italian region of Piedmont. Luigi initially sells after-meal mint and digestive pastilles (pastiglie in Italian), but when they gain popularity he starts creating them in all sorts of flavours. The royal family of the House of Savoy are big fans of the sweets. In order for Luigi to be closer to his most famous client he moves his business to Turin, the capital of the Kingdom of Italy at the time. Soon, the pastilles of Leone become some of the most sought-after delicacies in town. Pastiglie Leone remains a legendary Italian brand to this day. Its pastilles are made in the same way as they were in the 1800s: kneaded and formed by hand before being oven dried.