Sursee Gal Goes Ital :: Desserts Italiano Style

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We ate a lot of sweets over in Italy and you will be glad to know that I documented them all.  Well, almost all.  Well, not even close really.  Craig and I were fascinated and amazed at the Pasticerrias when we were not in the  Gelaterias.  Now we couldn’t pronounce either one.  We always accented the wrong syllable which made it difficult when we were trying to get directions to one! People would shake their heads and not have a clue as to what we were saying.

But, we were successful in scouting out the sweets so here are a few of the yummies we tried.

We love gelato.  Craig even got birthday money to buy his fill.

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It is an art here.

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SO here is my artsy shot….

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I like the Lemon; Craig the Chocolate.

Pasticerrias.   A bakery full of yumminess. We loved looking at all the goodies and picking out our fav. On this day we one we tried this little puppy which was a shortbread cookie filled with apricot and dusted with powdered sugar. I believe we visited this place more than once!  I also loved the shortbread cookie below that is dipped in chocolate.

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At one of these pasticerrias we found this ginormous curl of chocolate.  That is all it was.  My friend, Leslie had to have one of these.

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The bakery had a whole plate just loaded with these. Can you believe it?

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We also had this little beaut.  Kind of like the above apricot cookie and a Linzer cookie mix.  Enjoyed this while sitting on a bench in Volterra and reading.

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Early on our trip, we found out that different regions had different desserts that represented  that region. While in Naples, we had this pastry at our B&B- pure bliss.  It was a flaky, puff-pastry type crust with a custardy filling.

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It was warm and crispy and creamy. Oh MY.  Later I saw this sign in Positano and figured out what it was called. I can NOT pronounce it.

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Of course we had to have some donuts, ‘ala Naples style with our Caffe. Craig got the cream filled and I, the glazed, dusted in sugar of course.  So puffy and yeasty. #DonutLove.  We were walking a ton down there on the Amalfi Coast and climbing loads of stairs so I decided it was ok to splurge.

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One night when we were eating in Siena, I saw the gal next to me order this and thought I have to have it. Have to.  Panna cotta.  A vanilla-ish custard that was cold and smooth and amazing.  You would have wanted one.  I thought I was going to split with Craig, but looking back I think I ate more than 1/2.  I think I could make this?

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On our last night when we ate dinner with our friends, the daughter made this Tiramisu for us.  The classic Italiano Dessert made for us by a real Italian, Lara.

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Yes.  It was Delish, made with love for us and shared around a table of great conversation and laughter.  The best dessert I had the whole trip!

Isn’t that true though, that the food we enjoy with family and friends tastes so sweet.  Lots of stuff happens around a table.  Can we look for ways to this holiday to encourage and love and linger around our tables and enjoy the Sursees of Desserts?  I also have to know what desserts  you look forward to this time of year?  Do tell.



  1. Can I just say that I LOVE that you did an entire post on desserts in Italy….AND took pictures of almost every single one that you ate and clearly experienced to the fullest! Desserts are my “non biblical” love language!

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