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Rome's Sweet Carnival Treats

Italian cities like Viareggio, Putignano, and Venice have lively and ancient Carnival traditions. While most of Rome’s rituals have disappeared (and thankfully so!), the city still manifests the holiday in its bakeries. Carnival treats are amazing, magical, wonderful, and often fried. This is the time of year when bakeries sell frappe (called chiacchiere, bugie, sfrappole, or galàni elsewhere in Italy) and castagnole (fried dough about the size of chestnuts). I wait all year for these sugar dusted treats and take advantage of the short window in which they are sold. Some of my favorite places to buy these typical Roman Carnival sweets are La Deliziosa (Vicolo Savelli, 50), Roscioli (Via Chiavari 34), and Biscottificio Innocenti (Via della Luce 21).

You can read more on this topic in my post for Budget Travel.com here.

2016-01-07T03:37:16+00:00 January 24th, 2011|Categories: Carbs, Food & Wine, Fried Foods, Gastronomic Traditions, Rome & Lazio, Sweets & Dessert|6 Comments


  1. […] happy to take part in traditions as long as I can eat. I’ll do it today and again at Carnival, on the Feast San Giuseppe, and again at […]

  2. Sarah May January 26, 2011 at 3:38 pm - Reply

    My favorite Genzano tradition is the shaving cream wars between teenage boys and girls. Also they beat each toher with sticks. itis the only time it is legal for me to bully teens in public.

  3. Angie January 27, 2011 at 12:18 am - Reply

    My stomach just growled in longing at the mere mention of Carnival treats. Ugh, castagnole, bugie, and my favorite fritelle di riso. I could eat 2 dozen of them.

    You wouldn’t happen to have recommendations for places to find those in New York, would you?

  4. CharmingItaly January 27, 2011 at 5:23 pm - Reply

    🙂 It’s true, frying is the keyword of carnival food! But once a year it is allowed…or not?!

  5. Katie February 2, 2011 at 10:48 pm - Reply

    @Sarah May I am already petrified of teenagers. they are so unpredictable! the idea of roving bands of teens with cans of shaving cream makes me go fetal.

    @Angie Eataly was chock full of panettone at the holidays so I asume the bakery would at least have bigne’

    @Charming Italy if fried food must be a once a year thing, then I am in big trouble! and its only february:)

  6. Mamma Parla February 10, 2011 at 11:37 pm - Reply

    that looks amazing (by Carson).

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