The best Easter doves in Florence: where to buy them
Here are the handcrafted doves you should never lose
It is known: Easter is an occasion to taste sweet delicacies. Among these, the dove is one of the most loved. It can be classic (with candied fruit and almonds), or made with alternative ingredients that give a "breath of fresh air" to tradition. Today we have selected for you the best Florentine pastry shops where you can buy delicious handmade doves and make your Easter unforgettable... try it to believe it!
Via Chiantigiana, 230/232
Tastes are a subjective matter, but it is an absolute certainty that the products of this pastry shop are 100% genuine and without secrets. In fact, their doves are made with natural yeast, certified shell eggs (produced by local farms with free-range chickens), Corman butter and semi-candied (fresher than the classic candied fruit and with a stronger hint of fruit). Even though this pastry shop strongly loves tradition, there is no lack of desire to experiment. Precisely for this reason are produced many different types of doves: those with berries, those with pistachio spread, those with chocolate and orange semi-candied, those with chocolate and pear ... and many others! Instead, during the remaining days of the year, the products most loved by customers are undoubtedly the millefeuille and profiteroles. Absolutely to try!
Pastry shop Fratelli Rigacci '48
Via P. Picasso, 14
"A lot of passion for pastry, a pinch of love for genuine products, natural yeast, creativity q.b. and well 100 hours of leavening". This is the dove of Fratelli Rigacci '48 in Via Pablo Picasso, 14. The 100 hours of leavening guarantee the unmistakable softness of those who do their work with love and professionalism. The candied fruit inside (orange, fig, citron and many others) are entirely produced by them. This pastry shop has a wide range of different types: from the dove with pistachio spread and bitter chocolate, to the one with Sicilian citrus fruits (orange, lemon and citron), to the one with salted caramel, up to the colomba rocher.
The latter is made with chocolate dissolved in the dough and (once cooked) is inserted inside the chocolate cream. Finally, everything is covered with rocher icing (chocolate and hazelnuts). Moreover there are also doves with figs and nuts, or those with chocolate and rum... the list is still very long. They are made in 3 different sizes: 1 kg, 750 gr and 500 gr. However, pastry chefs recommend buying the first one, because it is the format that best guarantees softness and taste. Finally, the delivery service is active and from March 14 it will be possible to order directly from their new online shop: rigaccishop. Attention: Fratelli Rigacci recommends that you reserve your dove by March 25 th, so that it will be available for Easter (it is necessary to respect the leavening time). The quality of this company has been rewarded with multiple awards: the most recent is Miglior Panettone d'Italia 2020 (for their chocolate and rum panettone). What are you waiting for? Order it!
Pastry shop Bellucci
Via Vittorio Emanuele II, 67
For lovers of classic dove not to be missed is the pastry Bellucci. This is managed since 1986 by the Bellucci family and is a real refuge for the greedy. Working with passion and using only top quality ingredients, they manage to reconcile the taste and presentation of all their creations. The dough of their colomba (made in 1 kg format) is structurally similar to that of their highly appreciated panettone: it is a mixed leavening product (48 hours of processing with sourdough and brewer's yeast), sugar, Italian butter and fresh eggs. Inside orange candied fruit and raisins. Its unmistakable flavor, which makes this pastry really appreciated by customers, is given by the addition of almond flour and vanilla in the dough. Not to be underestimated is the icing, made only with first choice products such as: hazelnut flour, egg white, almonds and granulated sugar. Moreover, on the occasion of Easter, you absolutely must not miss their Umbrian Easter Cake: a savory cake made with Parmesan cheese, Pecorino Romano cheese, Emmenthal and black pepper, leavened and shaped like a panettone. Perfect to taste if accompanied by cold cuts... but it is also good on its own. There is a delivery service by phone reservation, or by sending a message on whatsapp.
The Legend of the Friars
Costa San Giorgio, 6/a
Quality, thoroughness and much, much passion. Inside the dishes of Filippo Saporito and Ombretta Giovannini you can rediscover the roots of the wonderful land where they grew up, for them a continuous source of creative stimulus. The cuisine of Leggenda dei Frati is designed to convey emotions, memories and culture of places. On the occasion of Easter, they will make two different types of 1 kg dove: the classic one and one with chocolate and pears. In both cases they are sweets made with highly selected and processed by their trusted pastry chef. Attention though: they will produce only 500 examples! Book it! In addition, always for Easter day, their themed menu is unmissable. It is a box for two people and two choices. The cost is 200 euros (100 euros per person) and inside you can find Entrèes to choose between: artichokes and sweetbreads tart, "carbonara" sauce // Terrine of livers with Pan dei Santi. First course with a choice between: Tortelli di Grana with Maremma asparagus and hazelnut crumble // Artisanal Maccheroni Martelli with duck sauce and aged pecorino cheese. Second course to choose from: Lamb chunks with saffron, sweet and sour onions // Marinated Cinta Senese scamerita, yellow pumpkin and orange flan. To finish in all boxes will be present: Chocolate cake with apricot jam and custard, Pistachio Cremino, Traditional Dove and Bottle of Chianti Classico San Giusto a Rentennano 2017 (one Bordeaux every two people). The delivery service is active in the Florence area. To make a reservation or request information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Laquale Pastry Shop
Via del Greco Carlo, 51
Why should you buy colomba at Laquale pastry shop? Simply because it is good! It is no coincidence that they come from all over Tuscany to buy it! Usually people try it the first time and.... hush, hush they come back and return! This year their counter has 3 different types of doves: the classic one, the chocolate one and finally the one with ancient grains. The latter is really appreciated by customers for its flavor, very pronounced and particular. It is not really a wholemeal flour, but a flour made of primordial grains... a real treat that we suggest you do not miss! As for the classic colomba, this is made following the tradition and carefully selecting all the products used. The delivery service is being prepared and, very soon, it will be possible to order (without any minimum expenditure) all the sweets you want. It will be necessary to call, or book on the appropriate website (firenzeadomicilio.com). Finally, a "cult" product of this pastry shop (made all year round) is certainly the semolina cake, made with semolina, cream, chocolate and a delicious crumbly pastry.
Pastry shop Marisa
Via Circondaria, 24/r
The bond that this pastry shop has with the tradition is really very strong. This is because it is a whole life that they make sweets: it is an art practiced since the great-grandfather of this family, who (then) passed his passion to his son, leading him to open this pastry shop on January 7 th, 1979. These roots mean that even today there is a continuous search for genuine products and a respect for natural production times (in fact it takes from 3 to 4 days to make a dove). In short, Pasticceria Marisa is much more than a simple store... it is a real big family that works with passion! On the occasion of Easter they produce 3 different types of doves: the classic (with semi-candied fruit inside, much tastier), the one with pears and chocolate (it is one of the most popular. Inside are inserted small chocolate drops that melt during cooking, giving the dove the necessary gluttony in every point) and the pistachio one (made with 100% Italian pistachios). There are two main formats: 1 kg and 750 gr; however, a 100 gr mini-format is also created for immediate deliciousness. The delivery service is active, contacting them by phone or making a reservation in their online shop (which will soon open).
Via De' Medici, 16
For lovers of tradition Robiglio is not to be missed! This pastry shop was founded in Florence in 1928 by a young pastry chef from Turin who brought to the city new techniques for the processing and decoration of sweets. Symbols of this historic company are the Campagnola (a cake made with candied fruit and whole dried fruit) and the Frutto d'Oro (a plumcake with dried fruit and chocolate). Undoubtedly, the strong point of this pastry shop are the simple, genuine and well presented things. In fact, much loved by customers is their Easter dove, prepared with 100% natural yeast. To make it, a very long process is required, ranging from 3 to 4 days. In this period of time, 48 hours are used for leavening. This is because the respect of natural times, guarantees to this product the unmistakable softness and deliciousness. In the respect of the tradition, delicious candied Sicilian citrus fruits are inserted inside the dough. Finally, the whole is covered by glazing with almonds and dried fruit. This Easter dove is available in 4 different sizes: 100 gr, 500 gr, 750 gr and (the most loved) 1 kg.
Via Senese, 18/red
The laboratory of this pastry shop is like a forge of Alchemists. In this you experiment, cook and create a product full of love and commitment. To meet the needs of all, since 2012 has matured a line of products entirely vegan, while since 2014 is also active a laboratory totally Gluten free. On the occasion of Easter have been made traditional doves both classic and gluten free. While totally Gluten free is their chocolate dove. This one is made with a chocolate ganache dissolved in the dough and with the final addition of top quality chocolate drops. To make the taste of these sweets absolutely inimitable is the addition of vanilla (in berry, 100% natural) and orange paste (made with candied orange peels and, finally, passed). In phase of experimentation is the colomba with Vesuvio's apricots. This is a new product, used for the first time this year for the production of panettone. This type of apricots is really delicious and, if added to the dough before cooking, they produce a cream (very similar to a jam)... a real treat for the palate! Not to be missed during the remaining days of the year, is their Iris Cake: a sort of plumcake really very soft with inside semi-candied fruit and ground almonds (18 times). The icing that covers it ensures that it is protected from the air and can maintain its natural tenderness. During the red zone, the delivery service is active with a cost of 5 euros in the municipality, while outside the price varies.
Pastry shop Giorgio
Via Duccio di Buoninsegna, 36
For those who really love sweets, a real place of worship is the Pastry Giorgio. Here the tradition is combined with innovation, creating delicious products not to be missed. Since this year the pastry shop is active in the realization of Easter doves (given the success that have had their panettone). These are made only with top quality products (every day they "refresh" their sourdough with flour and water) and are totally free of additives and preservatives. Two different types of doves are produced: the classic one (with selected candied fruit and orange) and the one with apricot and gianduia chocolate. There are two sizes: 750 gr and 1 kg. Always during this period of the year, much loved by customers is their Schiacciata alla Fiorentina, linked to tradition and made only with genuine ingredients... last year 14,000 examples were sold! A real success!
Via Roma, 1/R
Coffee Gilli stands for excellence in pastry. It is a historic place that is confirmed, year after year, icon of Italian style. For this reason it is loved and appreciated all over the world. Absolutely not to be missed during this period is the Easter dove, made in an artisanal way and following tradition. It is a real jewel, made with a balance between the various consistencies (crumbly on the outside and unmistakably soft on the inside). Its slow leavening (36 hours) and the use of sourdough guarantee an incomparable quality. There is an active delivery service and the delivery is active 7 days out of 7, thanks to the special online shop. This is carried out, in the Florentine territory, in collaboration with cab companies operating in the city (to give a concrete help to this category in difficulty). Caffè Gilli is undoubtedly a real guarantee of taste!
Four Seasons Hotel
Borgo Pinti, 99
The collaboration started at Christmas (with the "Panettone della Gherardesca") with the master David Bedu continues. In fact, this year, to brighten the tables of the Easter holidays, David and Vito Mollica present the "Colomba della Gherardesca". Here tradition and research come together in a surprising combination. In fact, ingredients such as semi-candied apricots, ginger (also candied), chocolate and wildflower honey (which, while sweetening, maintains a balance of flavors) are added to the classic recipe. The frosting covering it is made of sugar, hazelnuts and almonds and it is the same one already experimented inside the above mentioned panettone. This colomba is on sale exclusively at Four Seasons Hotel Firenze at a cost of 39 euros per kg. Always on the occasion of Easter, not to be missed is the brunch delivery specially organized. At the price of 75 euros per person it will be possible to choose a rich selection of appetizers, hot and cold dishes, both land and sea. Not to be missed the great selection of pastries, an elegant linen table setup and a special bottle of Krug.