Do you know frittelle di riso? They’re delicious sweets, made of rice and prepared from the beginning of Carnival time till Italian Father’s Day on March 19th. The frittelle are something very special of Florence and Tuscany, so you won’t find them in other parts of Italy unless the baker has Tuscan roots.
If you want to try to make these sweets home, check out my recipe for frittelle di riso, otherwise check out this list of places where you can eat delicious frittelle di riso in Florence and surroundings!
Bakeries in Florence
When in Florence I recommend you eat the frittelle di riso at:
- Pasticceria Buonamici, via dell’Orto 27/r in the Oltrarno
- Pasticceria Nencioni, via di Pietrapiana 24/r near Sant’Ambrogio
- Cantinetta da Verrazzano, via dei tavolini 18/r near Piazza della Signoria
- Pasticceria Anita, via del Podestà 34/r in Galluzzo
Frittelle in San Donato in Collina
From late January to the closest weekend to March 19th, the town of San Donato in Collina becomes the “paese delle frittelle”, literally the town of frittelle di riso.
Every Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 7pm they prepare tons of fresh frittelle di riso at the local circolino (local club); in the kitchen, you find many grandparents from San Donato, who’ve been doing it for the last 30 years. You can pair the hot frittelle with a glass of vinsanto, while chatting with these cute nonni.
Sagra delle frittelle di Montefioralle
Every year, on the closest weekend to Italian Father’s Day (March 19th) in the medieval town of Montefioralle, near greve in Chianti, there is the traditional Sagra delle frittelle, that turned it’s 50th edition in 2019.
In 2020 the Sagra delle frittelle is going to be on March 21st and 22nd: on Saturday it opens in the early afternoon, around 2 pm until 6 pm, while on Sunday it goes on all day from 10 am to about 5 pm.
Frittelle del Savelli in Siena
In Piazza del Campo in Siena every year from late January till March 19th you find the Savelli family preparing their legendary frittelle di riso! Inside a tiny wooden stall, they sell tons of crunchy and hot frittelle, a real must-eat when you visit Siena during this time of the year.