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Amaretti are light, macaroon biscuits made with sweet and bitter almonds. The bitter almonds give amaretti their characteristic flavour—and their name, which means ‘little bitter things’. There are many varieties of amaretti, but they are often seen wrapped in pairs and served with coffee. Amaretti can also be eaten with a dessert wine, crumbled as a topping for trifles, or they give a special flavour to savoury dishes such as tortelli di zucca, a pumpkin ravioli that is a speciality of northern Italy.