Unlike common yeast, this starter imparts a moister crumb to sweet breads like colomba pasquale (literally, "Easter dove"), a dove-shaped confection usually served with spumante after Easter dinner. According to legend, a colomba baked by a local maiden was presented as a peace offering to Alboin, king of the Lombards, when he captured Pavia, near Milan, in A.D.. 572. Alboin was so enamored of it (or of the baker?) that he made the city his new capital. At least, that's one version of the story.