11 Italian Desserts and Cakes to Try

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Want to try some Italian desserts during your next trip to Italy?

Italy is a country that’s world-renowned for its desserts. Here originates famous desserts such as panna cotta, tiramisu, and gelato. And, in addition to these, there are several other delicious and interesting desserts to taste during your stay.

Down below you can read more about Italian desserts:


Gelato

I simply cannot start this list without mentioning the Italian ice cream, also known worldwide under the name “Gelato”.

Eating ice cream in Italy is something special. From the flavors to the texture – everything is delicious about Italian ice cream.

When traveling around in Italy, I eat at least one gelato per day.

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Sfogliatelle

The Sfogliatelle is an Italian pastry made with layers of thin rolled pasta dough and filled with ricotta cheese. It’s similar to the French croissants, but a bit more crunchy to hold that delicious ricotta filling.

It’s a must to try when sitting down at a café in Italy while drinking an espresso. They’re simply delicious!

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Cannoli

Cannoli is one popular sweet in Italy. It’s a tube-shaped shell of crispy pastry filled with whipped ricotta.

You can eat these plain or with different kinds of flavors and fillings. I personally like them plain, or those with chocolate flavor.

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Panforte

This dessert originally comes from Siena and is one of the most chewy Italian desserts. It’s filled with nuts and dried fruits, and is a popular snack to eat after dinner, or during the holidays.

It’s delicious, so it’s a must to try when you’re in Italy.

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Torrone

Italian nougat, also known as “torrone”, is something you want to try in Italy.

It’s made from egg whites, honey, and sugar that has been bound together. This nougat is chewy, soft, and has a great sweet flavor. It’s simply delicious.

In addition to being so yummy, it also makes a perfect Italian souvenir to bring back home for your friends and family.

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Panna Cotta

One of the most famous Italian desserts is Panna Cotta.

Panna Cotta is made from cream, sugar, and gelatin. The ingredients are mixed and warmed up to then be poured into moulds and cooled down. Some panna cottas are infused with spices such as coffee or vanilla, and topped with fruits, caramel, or chocolate.

It’s truly one of the most delicious Italian desserts, so make sure to try one when you’re in Italy.

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Biscotti

Biscotti are almond biscuits that originate from Prato in Italy. These biscuits are dry and crunchy due to being baked twice in the oven.

You can eat it plain or dip it in a drink. Locals prefer to dip it in Vin Santo, which is an Italian dessert wine.

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Tiramisu

This classic dessert is made from ladyfingers drenched in rum-infused coffee syrup, mascarpone cream, and chocolate.

Tiramsu is a fluffy, flavorful dessert that you have to try when you’re in Italy.

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Semifreddo

Semifreddo is a semi-frozen dessert that’s made from eggs, sugar, and cream. It has a texture of frozen mousse, and is really delicious – especially on a hot summers day.

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Pasticciotto

Pasticciotto is an Italian short-crust pastry filled with ricotta cheese or egg custard. It originates from Apulia in Southern Italy, which is one of the best places to taste it.

It’s typically served warm during breakfast, but can also be eaten at any time of the day.

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Zeppole

Zeppole, also known as Saint Joseph’s Day cake, is an Italian pastry made from deep-fried dough topped with powdered sugar.

Sometimes the zeppole is filled with custard, jelly, a butter/honey mixture, or cannoli-style pastry cream as well.

It’s mostly eaten during the celebration of the catholic feast day ”Saint Joseph’s Day”.

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More about Italian desserts

The Italian cuisine has roots that dates back to the 4th century BCE. It has become what it is today due to its long history with both social and political changes.

Today you can taste and eat several delicious Italian desserts that will make your tastebuds go crazy.

Down below you have more Italian desserts that are worth trying when you’re in Italy:

Other Italian desserts:

  • Penuche
  • Genoise
  • Ladyfinger
  • Panettone
  • Ricciarelli
  • Struffoli
  • Bocconotto
  • Pizzelle
  • Bruttiboni
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