The best Italian dessert and sweets

Quite often I hear foreign people say “Italy is great for food, but they don’t have great desserts”. I know that there are countries with a more important tradition of dessert and sweets but if you have a sweet tooth and you visit Italy you don’t have any to worry.

Here below you can find a list of my favourite dessert you can taste in Italy

  1. Tiramisu
  2. Pasticcini
  3. Gelato (ice cream)
  4. Torta millefoglie alla crema
  5. Cannolo Siciliano
  6. Granita
  7. Cioccolato Italiano Italian Chocolate
  8. Sorbetto al limone (Lemon sorbay)
  9. Torta di mele (apple cake)
  10. Torta alla carota (carrots cake)
  11. Crema al mascarpone


Tiramisù is a rich dessert made with mascarpone cheese, eggs, coffee, sugar and cocoa powder. The name tiramisu means “pull me up” because it’s very rich in calories and therefore energy. The process to prepare it’s quite simple, however you need very fresh ingredients like mascarpone cheese and fresh eggs to make a nice tiramisù.

The second secret is to use the savoiardi biscuits instead of ‘pan di spagna’ as they preserve a little crunchiness to it, instead the pan di spagna is very soft and can become a little soggy. To prepare the tiramisù in fact you need to slightly deep the buiscuits in the coffee for a few second.

Tiramisu is one of the most famous Italian dessert


Italian pasticcini are small cakes like little bignet, cream cannoli or tiny little fruit cakes. They are so little that they are also called mignon from French language where it means “little”.

Italian gelato – ice cream

Strawberry ice cream
Pistacchio ice cream

Italian cakes: apple cake, carrots cake.

Torta di mele - apple cake. Is a traditional Italian recipe and it's made with flour, eggs and fresh sliced apples.
Torta di mele – apple cake. Is a traditional Italian recipe and it’s made with flour, eggs and fresh sliced apples. Image credit
Torta alle carote - Carrots cake
Torta alle carote – Carrots cake

Torta millefoglie alla crema

The torta mille foglie, which means a thousand leaves

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