Linz is the reputed home of the renowned Linzertorte. A Linzertorte is a tart made of a rich buttery dough accentuated by almonds, lemon zest, and cinnamon. The tart is traditionally filled with black currant preserves and topped with a lattice crust. In America, raspberry has replaced black currant as the jam of choice. Linzertortes are a traditional European Christmas pastry, a custom that is now enjoyed in the US as well.
In bakery class we learnt about Italian pies. A crostorta is a deep dish pie made of 5 layers: shortcrust pastry, jam, sponge cake, creme patisserie, apples and then topped of with simple meringue standing up in peaks.
What stands out in Italian cuisine is the rustic, homemade feel and look of the dish. While French cuisine is all about elaborate playing and delicately prepared dishes, Italian cuisine is warm and hearty and comforting.