Dessert, Italian Style

Updated: Oct 28, 2019

By Ippolita Douglas Scotti:

I confess, I have a sweet tooth. Essere goloso di dolci ("To have a sweet tooth") is not such a bad thing in Florence, Italy, considering we have an abundance of pasticcerie and gelaterias. There are too many to choose from or even list here, but since I'm a native of Firenze and have lived here all my life, I've had plenty of time to sample them all! Here are just a few places to discover some of Firenze's sweetest treasures:

Since I like cooking almost as much as I like eating, I spend a lot of time in my home kitchen preparing sweets for me and my sweet boyfriend, Jacopo. Here are a few easy recipes to satisfy any sweet tooth. Buon Appetito!


Crema Pasticciera

This is a homey dessert. I love it hot so that the scent of lemon rind reaches all your senses. The cream is also a good filling for pastries and cakes.

3 cups milk 4 tablespoons sugar

1 teaspoon grated lemon rind

2 tablespoons flour 2 egg yolks Ladyfingers