As a nation state, Italy has emerged only in 1871. Until then the country was politically divided into a large number of independant cities, provinces and islands. The currently available evidences point out to a dominant Etruscan, Greek and Roman cultural influence on today's Italians.
My uncle has fond memories of the cuisine at the home of his grandparents, around the 1930s, who were from San Marco in Lamis. I wonder if you can help identify the pastry he described that was made for dessert on holidays:
The pastries were about 3 inches in diameter with 1 inch raised walls that were very thin in circles. (Another time he described it as "walls with fins".) Over this they poured a sweet sauce, mustagot sauce. The pastry was called navala.
The terms are misspelled, but I'd appreciate you letting me know if something comes to mind. Thank you!