This is a preview of the content in our Italian Food Decoder app. Get the app to:
  • Read offline
  • Remove ads
  • Access all content
  • Build a list of your own favourites
  • Search the contents with full-text search functionality
  • ... and more!
iOS App Store Google Play


Milan's Christmas cake

Panettone is more a sweet yeast bread than a cake: tall and round, with dried fruits, nuts or bits of chocolate added in. It was a traditional Christmas treat in Milan. There, after World War I, industrial bakers started making panettoni in large quantities. They became popular throughout Italy, and Italian emgirants took them around the world.

Also see the Veronese version, pandoro.


Desserts and pastries


Text © Dana Facaros & Michael Pauls

Image by Ben Hanbury