he main sections of Webfoodculture are based on the typical courses of the traditional Italian meal. The choice to use this particular order to organize different kinds of food from all around the world is due to the great reputation of the gastronomy of this country. This section is about desserts (‘dolci’): preparations that may vary in complexity, characterized by their sweet taste.


Preparations characterized by their sweet taste. For example: cakes, pastries, cookies, ice creams etc.

Frittelle and galani: pastries of the Venetian Carnival.

Frittelle and galani: pastries of the Venetian Carnival.


he Venetian Carnival: an event unique in the world, renewing its magic year after year. During the period of its celebrations, all the pastry shops of the Doge’s city prepare delicious ‘frittelle’ and ‘galani’: let’s taste these sweet specialties, rich in history and tradition, surrounded by joyous music and beautiful masks. (continue)

: Italy

Cicero's cannoli (img-01) Cicero's cannoli (img-01)

Cicero’s cannoli.


annoli’ are among the most typical desserts from Sicily. It’s not easy to determine their origins, but one thing is for sure: it was the year 70 BC when the great Roman orator Marcus Tullius Cicero described a very similar pastry. (continue)

: Italy

Sachertorte, taste of Vienna. Sachertorte, taste of Vienna.

Sachertorte, taste of Vienna.


achertorte: its taste is both austere and elegant, characteristics it has in common with the city where it was born, Vienna. It’s hard to try it without hearing the echo of a waltz, the passage of an ancient carriage or the clink of a sword. (continue)

: Austria

Panettone, Christmas dessert from Milan (img-04)

Panettone, Christmas dessert from Milan.


he ‘panettone’ is one of the specialties always present on the Italian tables during the Christmas festivities. Its origins are closely connected with the distant past of the city of Milan, some scholars think they could be traced back to the Classical Era. (continue)

: Italy

Saint Honoré: the 'holy' cake (img-02) Saint Honoré: the 'holy' cake (img-02)

Saint Honoré: the ‘holy’ cake.


aint Honoré’ is a cake much appreciated both in Italy and France. It was invented in 1486 by the chef Chiboust who gave it the name of the patron saint of bakers and confectioners: St.Honoré. The holy man was also known as Honoratus, bishop of Amiens, a city famous for its beautiful gothic cathedral. (coming soon)

: France

Babbà, the King’s dessert (img-06) Babbà, the King’s dessert (img-06)

Babbà, the King’s dessert.


ven if the ‘babbà’ (or ‘babà’) is widely considered one of the most typical examples of Neapolitan pastry, its origins are from elsewhere: Northern Europe. Some historians stress the fact that it was the favorite dessert of a Polish king, Stanislao Leszczinski. (coming soon)

: Italy

Voltaire about ice cream (img-03)

Marie Antoinette’s brioches


ils n’ont plus de pain, qu’ils mangent de la brioche” (“If they have no bread, let them eat cake”): words often attributed to Marie Antoinette, Queen of France. If she had really pronounced them, this would show little regard for the hunger suffered by her people since ‘brioche’, a type of bread made with butter and eggs, was at the time affordable only by the rich. In truth, many historians claim that the sentence doesn’t belong to her and started circulating many years after the French Revolution.

‘Baicoli’: ancient Venetian biscuits.


he ‘Baicoli’ are among the most typical Venetian biscuits. Their name comes from the local dialect, meaning ‘small fishes’, probably for the vague resemblance in shape. As all biscuits, they are cooked twice (‘bis-coctus’) and thus very dry: this ‘feature’ makes them perfect for long-keeping.

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img-01 (*) – Cicero Denounces Catiline, 1889 Maccari (Wikipedia Link) {PD-US}
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img-05 (*) – Ritratto di Maria Antonietta, J.A. Gautier-Dagoty, 1775 (Wikipedia Link) {PD-US}
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