The Italian Dessert Bucket List: 7 Incredible Italian Desserts

Silas & Grace

I’m actually pretty excited to share some incredible and tasty Italian dessert recipes with you!

I’ve been on the lookout for different ethnic cuisines that will help me grow in my cooking skills, but also get me to taste new flavors, and Italian desserts are next on the list!

But this isn’t just for me, it’s for you too! I want to help you do the same and enjoy yourself along the way.

So give a few a try and let me know how it goes!

Pangiallo Romano

Pangiallo Romano is a traditional Italian Christmas dessert that really does sound amazing. And whether it’s Christmas or not, I think it’s worth trying.

Being filled with nuts, dried fruits, and honey, is a great idea for when you’re celebrating. Or if you just want a cozy night in, and to have something to pair with creamy coffee (in my opinion).

Pangiallo Romano Recipe


It’s a classic, so I’d feel a bit weird if I didn’t include it in this list. And especially if you’re looking for a good tiramisu recipe, not something store bought. 👍

Being layered with delicate espresso-dipped ladyfingers, put into a velvety mascarpone cream, and lastly, dusted with cocoa powder, I kind of get hungry just thinking about it. 😂

Also, if you’re hosting a dinner party or you just wanna treat yourself, I think Tiramisu is the perfect dessert to satisfy that amazing coffee and chocolate craving.

Tiramisu Recipe

Italian Almond Cake

Ok, now this is one I really would like to pair with some coffee. 👌

It looks like it’s a super moist and subtly sweet cake, and the golden crust and sprinkled powdered sugar makes it look so tasty!

Also, you could pair it nicely with a cozy afternoon tea or brunch (with or without friends). Just a thought!

Italian Almond Cake Recipe

Torta di Susine

If you want an Italian summer dessert, then Torta di Susine might just be a good one to try!

This plum cake looks like it’s gonna have a lot of flavor, and I’m all for it!

I mean, just imagine sinking your teeth into a slice of this sponge cake that’s been infused with plums, and ingredients like vanilla and lemon zest.

It seems to be a good rustic dessert that’s great for outdoor gatherings, picnics, or lazy weekends. I can’t wait to make this one!

Torta di Susine Recipe

Torta Caprese

If you love chocolate, then Torta Caprese might be a good one to make if you’re in the mood for trying a tasty Italian dessert recipes.

This chocolate almond cake, originating from the island of Capri, looks to have a nice creamy chocolate flavor paired with a subtle nuttiness from the ground almonds.

And whether it’s a special occasion, or you spontaneous want to make something for yourself, then I’d say go for it!

Torta Caprese Recipe


Again, another dessert that feels like it’d be a bit strange not to include on this list.

I think that if you’re not going to Italy any time soon, then finding a good homemade recipe for it is the way to go!

Yeah, store bought gelato is pretty good, but I’m gonna assume it’s so much better when you make it yourself.

Also, the recipe down below includes vanilla, chocolate, and pistachio, so you can have fun testing out flavors at home for you and your family. Or if you want something fun to bring to your friend’s house, then that’s a great option too!

Gelato Recipe


Eaten at Carnival, this look like an amazing Italian dessert to try!

Being fluffy, deep-fried doughnuts, dusted with powdered sugar, Graffe look like a fun recipe to try on the weekend.

I mean how fun would it be to have some friends over and make them, or just smell these cooking? I’m pretty sure your home is gonna smell incredible, and you’re gonna like trying something tasty, but new.

Graffe Recipe

Italian Zeppole

Zeppole are fried balls that are typically from Naples, and they look like they have this amazing golden puffy dough.

And being delicately dusted with powdered sugar, and filled with a tasty looking custard or sweet jam, I can’t wait to try this recipe!

I’m gonna say that this would go great on a Sunday morning, and pair well with some tea or coffee. ☕️

Italian Zeppole

Want to try more Italian food? Try our Italian food bucket list here.

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Silas & Grace

Chasing Foxes was started in 2016 as a way for Grace and her husband, Silas, to start traveling. However, they started to realize that they had a passion for improving themselves, and wanted to help others level up their lives as well. So whether it's with cooking, travel, or staying healthy, they want to help you better your life bit by bit, as they do the same.

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