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The Three Breasted Woman From Frascati

Photos by RomePhotoBlog

The three breasted woman of Frascati goes by many names: La Pupazza di Frascati, pupazza frascatana, and “Miss Frascati”. She is a traditional cookie made from honey, flour and water and my friends and I discovered her today in a bakery in Frascati’s Piazza del Mercato. Evidently, she is a local goddess of abundance; two of her breasts give milk and the third gives wine. Frascati is one of Lazio’s main wine producing areas know for its crisp whites and, increasingly, its reds, so it’s no wonder that wine is part of the city’s mythology (it is also alleged that frascatani are nursed on wine and milk as infants). Although we had a huge Easter lunch awaiting us, we decided to try a pupazza; this was a terrible idea. These cookies are rock hard and almost impossible to break. To eat her, we broke off the limbs first, the had to slam the torso against an iron bench to break it into pieces. Suddenly the whole tradition was much more disturbing than quaint. But that didn’t stop us from celebrating when finally all that was left were three disembodied breasts to share…food is food, after all.




Special thanks to Jessica at RomePhotoBlog for letting me use her photos!

2016-01-07T14:38:16+00:00 April 13th, 2009|Categories: Culture, Gastronomic Traditions, Rome & Lazio|11 Comments


  1. Rob April 13, 2009 at 11:47 am - Reply

    My teeth are starting to hurt just remembering her…

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  3. Jessica April 13, 2009 at 11:20 pm - Reply

    Oh man, I will always have fond memories of Easter and the Three Boobed Lady.

  4. Katie April 14, 2009 at 1:32 am - Reply

    Yeah I need a dentist.

  5. dad April 14, 2009 at 9:59 pm - Reply

    it seems the baker could have corrected God’s mistake and put the breasts on the back.

  6. Katie April 15, 2009 at 1:14 am - Reply

    Ewe gross dad. TMI. its called self censoring. please ask shari to moderate all future posts.

  7. Allie April 20, 2009 at 9:24 pm - Reply

    She’s all you described and more…..her little bikini bottoms bring back fond recollections of my three-breasted man friend from the pool in Tulum.

  8. Katie April 20, 2009 at 10:03 pm - Reply

    @Allie, yes i kept those little pants (in the British sense) a secret so you would be surprised!

  9. Gabriel April 22, 2009 at 9:15 am - Reply

    Does she have three holes?

  10. Gabriel April 22, 2009 at 9:19 am - Reply

    I missed class

  11. Katie April 22, 2009 at 9:17 am - Reply

    @Gabriel, when I asked you to comment on this post I was expecting something much more vulgar. Thank you for bringing it up a notch! You’re a real class act!

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