My grandma Victoria Ferraro Colenzo was born in from Rome, Italy. My mom's side of the family, all came from Bari, Italy. They both carried on a traditional wine cookie that we called black pepper cookies.
The basics of the recipe below is a little cookie made with white wine, no sugar and is like a peppery bread stick. My mom kept them around all the time. I love to make a double batch, they freeze well and don't tell anyone but they taste great right from the freezer!