La crostata is a baked fruit pie and is a flagship of Italian dessert tradition. It has a nice light and crumbly texture, featuring different fruit fillings according to the region and season. In Italy it is usually eaten as a dessert or with a coffee in the morning. Every housewife and baker has his own (family) recipe.
This dessert of "poor" origin had a lot of luck throughout history, so much so that it even reached the court of the Bourbons. It is said that it was the only dessert capable of making Queen Maria Theresa of Austria smile, wife of King Ferdinand II of Bourbon, nicknamed "the Queen who never smiles".