Mark Snyder, owner of Nona’s Rosa’s Pizzelles in Atlanta honors his grandmother’s efforts in creating and feeding him delightful, authentic treats each Christmas. Disappointed that the pizzelle maker disappeared at the end of each holiday season, Mark set out to make these traditional waffle-like cookies available year-round.
Our Bella Cucina Porta Via store in Atlanta carries these delicious hand-made cookies. Flavors include the traditional vanilla anise, plus the holiday-worthy gingerbread and chocolate-dipped with a sprinkle of sea salt.
Tell us about the history of the pizzelle in your family.
My memories of pizzelles go back to Christmas. As with most Italian-Americans, we only enjoyed these when my grandmother made them, which was a small window around the winter holidays. As I got older and had my own machine I realized there was more to life than vanilla/anise, the classic recipe, and I wanted to do something to honor my grandmother’s memory.
My most essential kitchen tool is probably my knife set. Used every day.