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Desserts and pastries

amandovolo

cake covered with chocolate and almonds

babà

dessert or savoury bread

barchiglia

chocolate topped pear and almond tart

bavarese

bavarois

berlingozzo

dense ring cake flavoured with aniseeds

bertolina

grape filled pie from Cremona

biancomangiare

blancmange

bignè

beignet

biscione

viper-shaped Christmas cake

bisciöla

rich cake with figs, raisins and walnuts

bocca di dama

ancient Tuscan cake, or Puglian breast-shaped pastries

bocconotti

bite-size filled pastries

bonet

coffee or chocolate flavoured cake

brioche

pastry

buccellato

Sicilian fruitcake

bucchinotti

pastries filled almond paste and cherries

budino

pudding

cannoli

Sicilian ricotta pastries

cannoncini

cream horns

cartellate

Puglia's Christmas pastries

casadinas

litte cheesecakes

caschettes

pastry shaped like a rose

cassata

Sicily's famous cake

cassatedde

ricotta filled pastry moons

castagnacci

flat chestnut cake

certosino

Bolognese fruitcake

chiavi di violino

treble clef pastries

cialda

wafer

ciarduna

crispy curled almond wafter shells

colomba di Pasqua

traditional Easter cake

colombine

dove shaped Easter pastries or mushrooms

copuleta

pastries filled with almond paste

cornetto

croissant

crafuns mori

lingonberry jam doughnuts

crema caramella

caramel custard or flan

crescia fojata

strudel filled with nuts and dried fruit

crescionda

three layer cake

crostata

pie or tart

delizia al limone

lemon delights

diplomatici

a many layered pastry

dolce

sweet, tender

Duchessa di Parma

turkey, ham and cheese rolls—or a dessert

Elvezia

The 'Swiss' cake of Mantua

fiadona

savoury or sweet pies

fiamme

chocolate pastry 'flames'

fregnaccia

a tart or a pancake or pasta

frustingo

sweet made with dried fruits, nuts & figs

gattò

cake (both savoury or sweet)

gelo

cold dessert

graffe

sugar doughnuts

gubana

rich ring cake filled with walnuts and raisins

kaiserschmarren

shredded pancakes with fruit

krafen

jelly doughnuts

Kugelhopf

round aniseed flavoured cake

maritozzo

Roman sugar bun

mecoulin

Christmas cake from Cogne

miascia

bread pudding, Lake Como style

migliaccio

semolina or chestnut flour or pig's blood cake

millefoglie

many layered dessert or cheese

minni di virgine

virgin's breasts pastries

montebianco

montblanc

pabassinas

traditional Sardinian pastries with various toppings

pan di Spagna

sponge cake

pandolce

Christmas fruit cake

pandorato

fried bread or a cake

pandoro

the golden cake of Verona

panettoncino al mais

corn flour Christmas cake

panettone

Milan's Christmas cake

pangiallo

Rome's Christmas cake

panna cotta

chilled 'cooked cream'

pardulas

sweet cheese tarts

parrozzo

Abruzzese almond cake

pasimata

Holy Week cake

pasta frolla

shortcrust pastry

pasta Genovese

sponge cake

pasta matta

'crazy pastry'

pasta sfoglia

puff pastry

pasticcini

little pastries

pastiera

Neapolitan Easter pie

pattona

traditional chestnut cake

pesche

soft cream-filled brioches

pigna

Easter (or Christmas) cake

pizza di pasqua

Roman Easter cake

polenta e osei

a main course, or a little cake

presnitz

fruit and nut filled roll

pèttole

fried dough balls

rigojanci

chocolate sponge and cream cake

rimpizze

sweet brioches

risolatte

rice pudding

rocciata

central Italian strudel

rosegota

crumbly cake

sabadoni

sweet ravioli

saccottini

chocolate-filled pastries or stuffed pasta

Sacripante

salame del re

jelly roll

sbriciolata

pie with a crumble topping

sbrisolona

a crumbly cake

Schwarzplententorte

buckwheat flour cake

seadas

Fried pastry with cheese and honey

semifreddo

cold dessert

sfogliata

millefeuille pie or tart

sfogliatella

millefeuille pastries

sfoglini

little pastries

sfratto

pastry filled with walnuts, honey and spices

spongata

Christmas cake filled with fruit and nuts

stroscia

olive oil and Martini crumble cake

strucolo

strudel

tiramisu

everyone's favourite 'pick me up'

torciglione

Christmas cake shaped like eel

torta

pie, cake, sweet bread or tart

torta degli addobbi

rice and almond tart

torta di riso

rice tart

tortoni

a lighter kind of ice cream

trionfo di frutta

seasonal fruit platter

ventagli

elephants' ears

zabaglione

custard with sweet wine

zeppole

'St Joseph's pastries'

zuccotto

semi-frozen dessert

zuppa inglese

'English soup': a layered dessert