Typical of Burano island, the “bussolà” (also called buranelli) take their name from the word “busa”, which in Venetian dialect means “hole”. The dialectal word “buranei” was later added to underline their origin.
The origin of the bussolai biscuits
The story goes that, once upon a time, a famous Venetian restaurateur asked the local baker to prepare some bussolai to offer to his customers as a dessert, accompanied by a glass of sweet wine. This is how the “esse buranei” were born, prepared as the bussolà but s-shaped. Besides being perfect to be dunked into a cup of hot tea or in sweet wine, they are also great on their own.