Cakes in Verona

If you have a sweet thooth and you love cakes, Verona is the best city for you! Here you will find so many different cakes, from Pandoro to nougat, from Rufioi to Fritole.

Find out the differences between the main cakes of Verona and try to taste them all!

In Sanguinetto, you can buy and taste the “Rufioi” a typical sweet filled with a mixture of biscuits, almonds, candied fruit, chocolate, sugar and rum. They are triangular, and they are fried in oil and lard.

Another traditional dessert from Verona is “Nadalin“, an ancient homemade Christmas sweet five-pointed star-shaped. Unlike the Pandoro, which can be bought even at the supermarket, the “Nadalin” can be found only in some pastry shops in the province and the city of Verona.

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In the extreme plain of Verona, on the border between the provinces of Vicenza and Padua there is Cologna Veneta. Cologna Veneta is famous for nougat, a delicious white and crumbly cake, made of roasted nuts (almonds, walnuts, pistachios, hazelnuts, and macadamia nuts are common), honey, sugar, whipped egg whites, and sometimes chopped candied fruit.

There are three basic kinds of nougat:

  • The first, and most common, is white nougat (mandorlato or torrone in Italy, turrón in Spain), made with beaten egg whites and honey; it appeared in Cologna Veneta, Italy, in the early 15th century, in Alicante, Spain with the first published recipe in the 16th century, and in Montélimar, France, in the 18th century.
  • The second is brown nougat (nougat noir in French, literally “black nougat”), which is made without egg whites and has a firmer, often crunchy texture.
  • The third one is the Viennese or German nougat which is essentially a chocolate and nut (usually hazelnut) praline.

Pandoro is one of the traditional sweets of Verona and of the Christmas festivities. Its origins date back to the 19th century, when Pan de Oro was served to the rich families of Veneto. Its creator was Domenico Melegatti who created for the first time this eight-pointed star-shaped cake. Together with the Milanese Panettone, it is the most sold and appreciated Christmas cake in Italy.

In Sanguinetto, you can buy and taste the “Rufioi” a typical sweet filled with a mixture of biscuits, almonds, candied fruit, chocolate, sugar and rum. They are triangular, and they are fried in oil and lard.

Another traditional dessert from Verona is “Nadalin“, an ancient homemade Christmas sweet five-pointed star-shaped. Unlike the Pandoro, which can be bought even at the supermarket, the “Nadalin” can be found only in some pastry shops in the province and the city of Verona.

During carnival, pastry shops sell a lot of “Fritole“. This delicious popular dessert can be prepared with apples, rice, polenta, pumpkin or potatoes.

A pastry shop in Casaleone prepares a typical dessert called “Dolce di Corponeo” made with almonds and sugar.

Finally, the municipality of Vigasio organizes the festival of polenta: during the festival, you can taste and buy a particularly characteristic dessert “Amor di polenta” whose original recipe was reworked by a local pastry chef.