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


traditional Sardinian pastries with various toppings

The name of these traditional iced pastries varies across the regions of Sardinia, but derives from the local word for 'raisin'—one of the main ingredients—along with walnuts, and often almonds, aniseed, cloves and cinnamon. There's also a moist version made with grape must and candied fruit, papassinas cun saba, made into simple shapes; another version, papassinos nieddos (black papassinos) are all walnut instead of almond. The icing is usually white, and topped with coloured sugar (traggera).

Also spelled papassini, pistoccheddus or papassinus.

Desserts and pastries


Text © Dana Facaros & Michael Pauls

Image by BarbaraSweetDesign