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4 Must-Try Authentic Italian Dessert Dishes

Whether you're going to an Italian bakery or restaurant, or you're trying your hand at making one of these dishes yourself, Italian desserts remain some of the richest, flakiest, and sweetest foodstuffs you will ever wrap your mouth around. Throughout this brief guide, you will learn about some must-try Italian desserts.


Frappe, or angel wings as they are commonly referred to throughout the English-speaking world, are thin pieces of dough that are sliced into ribbon-like sections and then lightly fried. This dough, in turn, is lightly sprinkled with powdered sugar. This dessert dish is a favorite during Carnival. Several regional variations of the dish exist, including dousing it with orange spice or using a bit of anisette wine as the base for a bit of an adult kick.


Although you would probably be hard pressed to find an American who would immediately think of zippula as a dessert after hearing its ingredients, zippula is considered an Italian dessert. Zippula is a pastry dish that is simultaneously sweet and savory. It is created by wrapping potatoes in a thick, sticky dough; deep-frying the concoction; and serving the dish with a light, honey glaze. Although it might sound a bit like a sweetened, giant french fry, this filling dish has its own unique flavor.  


This sweet, rich beverage was popular in Milan at the turn of the 20th century and is still occasionally imbibed by its residents. This concoction consists of milk, chocolate, and coffee in a 1:1:1 ratio, and it is frothed to taste with sugar and cream. This filling and distinctly Italian take on a milkshake is served cold during the summer months and piping hot during the wintertime. It is usually served with other rich Milanese delicacies.


This fritter is lightly powdered with sugar right after coming out of a deep fryer and is typically filled with a cannoli-like cream. Occasionally, this mouthwatering pastry dish is served with a variety of fruits or even stuffed or topped with small pieces of candied or dehydrated fruits. In addition to being a sweet delight, there are savory takes on the dish served without the sugar and cannoli-like cream and with the addition of an anchovy paste.

Italy is home to some of the best dessert and pastry dishes, not only in Europe, but in the entire world. These sweet, rich, and completely satisfying food items are sure to meet the demands of your sweet tooth.