There are various theories about the origin of the recipe. It may have been introduced from Austria, where a so-called "Vienna bread" was produced, perhaps derived in its turn from the French "brioche". The oldest source, however, dates back to the first century AD; Pliny the Elder mentions in fact a baker named Vergilius Stefanus Senex, who prepared a "bread" with flour, butter and oil. Still another theory is that it derives from "pan de oro" which was served on the tables of the Venetian families.
In Verona it was an evolution of the "Nadalin", and on October 14, 1894 Domenico Melegatti, founder of the confectionery industry, filed a patent for a soft cake in the shape of an eight-pointed star, designed by impressionist painter Angelo Dall'Oca Bianca (Verona, 31 marzo 1858 - Verona, 18 maggio 1942).