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Italian Desserts You Need To Try Before You Die

Desserts that you should never miss from the popular Italian cuisine. From gelato to cantucci, tiramisu to torta caprese, you can taste the love in these Italian dessert recipes.

BY Sarah Friedman   May 19 2017

When it comes to desserts there are many countries around the world that are well known for their own unique styles of sweet dishes. One of those countries, that is well known for its unique variety of dishes is Italy. When it comes to Italian cuisine the first thing that comes to mind for most of us is their their pizzas and pasta dishes. Italian cuisine is one of the most popular cuisines in the world that has influenced several other cuisines around the world. It is filled with simplicity, flavour and mainly relies on the quality of it’s ingredients. Many people around the world crave for their delicious, different variations of desserts that are worth dying for. It’s nearly impossible to list all of their sweet delicacies. So we have listed some of their well known desserts that you should never miss.


The word gelato literally translates to “frozen” . It has way less butter fat compared to other ice creams and is served at a warmer temprature than ice creams. Gelato is more dense and rich than normal ice creams because it uses less cream and more milk.


Tiramisu, literally meaning “lift-me-up” is a classic dessert that is popular in Italy. It is made using lady fingers that are dipped in espresso coffee, rich mascarpone cream cheese, egg yolks sugar and cocoa powder. There is a debate regarding it’s origins but most agree that it is from the Veneto region. There are many new varations of Tiramisu that replaces some of it’s ingredients.

Panna Cotta

Panna Cotta which translates from Italian to “cooked cream” is an Italian dessert that originated from the Piedmont region. Prepared by warming slightly sweetened high quality cream and gelatin and is then left to set up in a small, tall mold. The cream may be flavoured by infusing it with spices, coffee, vanila and so on. Its distinct jiggle when unmolded and served makes it more enjoyable.

Baba au Rhum or Rum Baba

Baba au Rhum is a rich spongy cylindrical yeast cake that is soaked in a rum infused sweet syrup and sometimes filled with pastry cream or whipped cream. It is one of naples best-known & sought-after delicacy which is thought to be originated in Poland. A dessert that is worth savoring every bite.


Cassata is a rich, vivd cake from Sicily that consists of layers of sponge cake with sweetened ricotta mixed with chocolate chips. The whole cake is then enrobed with marzipan, icing and decorated with candied fruits or marzipan molded fruit shapes, for which sicily is famous. A variation of this from naples substitues gelato with ricotta like an icecram cake.


Cannoli are sicilian pastries that consists of discs made of pastry dough that are rolled around a tube and fried. And then each cannolo (“little tube” in Sicillian language) is filled with a filling that usually contains ricotta.

Torta Caprese

Torta Caprese is traditional soft, moist chocolate almond cake that hails from the island of Capri. Powdered sugar is usually dusted, covering the cake. There are many varaitaions of this cake.


Known as biscotti outside Italy, Cantucci are dry, crunchy twice cooked biscuits that were originated in the city of Prato. They are usually served at the end of a meal with a sweet wine for dipping.

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