Pastry

Baba

Small yeast cake saturated in syrup made with a rum syrup, and filled with a pastry cream.

Baba

Biscotti Burro

Biscotti Burro

Butter cookies in many shapes, sometimes frosted and with sprinkles.

Biscotti Pignoli

Though made with sugar, these biscotti lean toward the savory side and make a tasty companion to Italian deli meats.

Biscotti Pignoli

Cheesecake di Ricotta

Cheesecake Ricotta

Rich dessert cake made with cream and soft cheese on a graham cracker, cookie, or pastry crust.

Lumere di Ricotta

Star shaped pastry crust filled with sweetened ricotta then topped with a light dusting of cinnamon.

Lumere di Ricotta 

Sfinci Siciliani

Fried soft pastry covered and filled with sweet ricotta and candied fruit (usually a cherry and orange).

Sfinci Siciliani

Torrone

Torrone

Nougat confection, typically made of honey, sugar, and egg white, with toasted almonds or other nuts, and usually shaped into either a rectangular tablet or a round cake.

Bigne

Baked Italian cream puffs with powdered sugar or various types of coating such as chocolate.

Bigne

Biscotti Cantucci

Biscotti Cantucci

Italian almond biscuits that are twice-baked, oblong-shaped, dry, crunchy, and may be dipped in a drink.

Biscotti Pizelle

Italian waffle cookies made from flour, eggs, sugar, butter, and flavoring (vanilla or lemon zest).

Biscotti Pizelle

Connolo

Sicilian pastry in the form of crisp tubular shells filled with sweetened ricotta cheese and often containing nuts, citrus, or chocolate bits.

Connolo

Panettone

Panettone

Rich Italian bread made with eggs, fruit, and butter and typically eaten at Christmas and Easter.

Sfogliatella

Shell-shaped filled Italian pastry. Filled with pastry creams and dusted with powdered sugar.

Sfogliatella

Torta Arancia

Dense orange flavored cake.

Torta Arancia

Bombolone

Italian filled doughnut and is eaten as a snack food and dessert.

Bombolone

Biscotti Mandorla

Almond cookies typically topped with a cherry.

Biscotti Mandorla

Cassata

Cassata

Round sponge cake moistened with fruit juices or liqueur and layered with sweetened ricotta cheese and candied fruit.

Cornetto

Cornetto

Italians’ response to the croissant.

Panna Cotta

Panna Cotta

Italian dessert of sweetened cream thickened with gelatin and molded. The cream may be aromatized with coffee, vanilla, or other flavorings.

Tiramisu

Italian dessert consisting of layers of sponge cake soaked in coffee with powdered chocolate and mascarpone cheese.

Tiramisu

Zeppole

Zeppole

Fritter topped with powdered sugar, and may be filled with custard, jelly, cannoli-style pastry cream, or a butter-and-honey mixture.