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Pizzarelle, A Roman Pesach Tradition

Rome’s Jewish community has a rich and flavorful culinary tradition that spans 22 centuries and encompasses native Roman, as well as Spanish, Libyan and Sicilian influences. Sweets are particularly important–try Boccione Il Forno del Ghetto and Mondo di Laura for proof–and during Pesach, one of the community’s best sweets is prepared. These blink-and-you-miss-them treats are called pizzarelle and the maleable honey-soaked cookies are made from moistened matzo mixed with eggs, sugar, raisins, cinnamon, and orange zest.

The amalgamation is formed into fist-sized wads and deep fried, then rolled in honey. Pizzarelle time comes but once a year, so be sure to stop by Boccione Il Forno del Ghetto in Rome’s Jewish Ghetto (Via del Portico d’Ottavia 1) March 28 or 29 or you’ll be stuck waiting for them until Passover 5774!


  1. ann connolly March 18, 2013 at 12:07 am - Reply

    This post brings back tasty memories with you in Rome during Passover. Have a few dozen pizzarelle for us (calories shared don’t count!) xoxo ann

  2. […] Boccione Pasticceria (Bakery) Via Portico d’Ottavia, 1 Tel. +39.066878637 (7.30am-7.30pm) YOU MUST EAT PIZZARELLE HERE MARCH 28-29 […]

  3. Sigurd Urdahl March 25, 2015 at 11:27 pm - Reply

    I have tried doing the math on this, is the right dates for heading out on the important pizzarelle hunt in 2015 the 6. and 7. of April?

    • Katie March 28, 2015 at 1:13 pm - Reply

      theoretically, Sigurd, but they wouldn’t confirm the dates when a friend asked.

  4. Sigurd Urdahl March 30, 2015 at 5:24 pm - Reply

    thanks Katie! Will try my luck, and keep eyes open in social media;-)

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