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Classic Italian Frittelle, Cenci and other Fried Delights

Italian cooking is very difficult to pin down -- almost every city and town has its specialties, and there are regional trends too; the end result is a huge number of local cuisines rather than a single national cuisine. However, there are some dishes that you will find almost everywhere, and that are now standards among the many Italian communities scattered across the globe.

Cannoli
Palermo's classic Carnival pastry is delightful year round.

Cannoli
CEILW1's recipe for cannoli has a little powdered cinnamon in it.

Cannoli Spicci
A slightly quicker recipe for cannoli.

Cenci
Or Frappe, or Chiacchere, or... Lots of names for this quick and tasty Carnival pastry.

Chiacchere
Tasty lemony fritters for Carnevale.

Frittelle
Quick, mouth-watering Carnival fritters for children of all ages.

Frittelle di Riso
Easy fritters perfect for putting a smile on your face.

Frittelle di Mela
Apple fritters are a classic treat for all ages. Sweet as a snack, or unsugared with a roast (very traditional).

Sfinge de San Giuseppe
Fritters made with a sweet, ricotta-rich batter.

Sfinci Dolci
Several more recipes for sfinci, sweet Sicilian bread fritters, including one with potatoes for San Martino.

Sfinci di San Giuseppe
A slightly simpler version of San Giuseppe's treat.

Struffoli
Neapolitan Christmas treats -- a tremendously old recipe and quite good too.

Zeppole
Neapolitan fritters for San Giuseppe! (March 19.)

Zeppole Siciliane
Also for San Giuseppe (March 19), and delightfully flavored with almonds and orange peel.

More Frittelle, Cenci and other Fried Delights
Classic Italian Dishes
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