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January 28, 2021

Cenci and Frittelle di Carnevale: where to find the best ones in Florence

Between pastry shops and top bakeries, sweet places that are impossible to resist

Carnival means sweets! Frittelle, cenci, schiacciata alla fiorentina... A riot of typical sweets that put our Tuscany in pole position.
Here are the addresses of the best pastry shops and bakeries in town where you can find cenci and frittelle!

Rice fritters
They are the Carnival dessert par excellence, found almost everywhere and always during the Carnival period but, in particular, the day dedicated to them is 19 March, St Joseph's Day and Father's Day.
Here are our top places
Pastry shop Minni
Via Antonio Giacomini, 16
Big pancakes, very puffy and light, good but you would like a better consistency, better the ones with cream, which is balanced.

Pastry shop Buscioni
 Via delle Cento Stelle, 1r
Traditional, with orange flavouring and that little drop of rum that rounds everything off perfectly. Fried without being greasy and then rolled in caster sugar. Perfect.

Pastry shop Gualtieri
Via Senese, 18r
In the Porta Romana area, this is a special pastry shop: it has been making traditional fresh pastries since 1933, including typical Carnival sweets, including rice fritters, in both traditional and vegan and gluten-free versions.

Massimo's Sweets
Piazza Gualfredotto, 14rr
The rice fritters are good, the cream has the advantage of not being cloying, as well as the chocolate one, to be absolutely tried.

Caffè Villani
Piazza Antonelli, 13r
Small and irregular, rolled in caster sugar, the fritters here have a homemade feel to them, they are pleasantly firm and without extra filling but the rice feels good.

Kiosk of Fritters
Via Poggio alla Pieve - Bagno a Ripoli (FI)
Every year in Bagno a Ripoli for six weekends a fritter stall appears next to the Pieve di San Pietro, which remains open tirelessly throughout the weekend from 8am to 7.30-8pm.

During the carnival period, they are found all over Italy, although everyone calls them by their own name. A simple dessert, just fried or baked dough, unsweetened and then covered in light icing sugar. Once you start eating them, it's hard to stop!

Piazza San Marco, 9/b
Very light and crispy. Prepared with quality ingredients and fried in good oil.

Bakery Pastry shop Sarti
Via Senese, 147r

For the greedy ones, besides the simple version, it will be impossible to resist the filled ones: with chocolate or jam.

Chicco di Grano Bakery
Inside Sant'Ambrogio Market, Piazza Lorenzo Ghiberti

Inside the historic Sant'Ambrogio Market, this bakery is also a fry shop and during carnival time, as well as the delicious coccoli, it continuously churns out cenci and frittelle.

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