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Joyful Carnival!

The triumph of the most delicious traditional Italian recipes, especially regarding desserts.

The Carnival is a colorful, joyful party during which tasty and rich dishes are traditionally prepared.
Loved by young and old, it is celebrated with masks that create a humorous and playful atmosphere.
Like any self-respecting party, Carnival is also an excellent opportunity to share something special like the recipes of Academia Barilla! 

Carnival Desserts

Sweet Ravioli with RicottaSweet Ravioli with Ricotta
A tempting dessert with ricotta and a pinch of cinnamon.
Venetian Style Fried CustardVenetian Style Fried Custard
A dessert from age-old tradition, traditionally eaten during Yuletide and Carnival, which can be consumed either hot or cold.
Saint Joseph's FrittersSaint Joseph's Fritters
When served with pastry cream, these famous Neapolitan fritters are truly irresistible.
Apple FrittersApple Fritters
A little dessert to discover and relish the versatility of apples in cooking.
Carnival CookiesCarnival cookies
Enliven your Carnival parties with these fun and fanciful cookies!



Fontina Cheese RissolesFontina Cheese Rissoles
You are certain to fall in love with these croquettes due to the fontina, which makes them soft and inviting.
Neapolitan-style LasagneNeapolitan-style Lasagne
A particularly rich and tasty first course for the Carnival season.
Pork Chops in Wine SaucePork Chops in Wine Sauce
A traditional Tuscan main dish, enhanced by the flavors of Chianti and fennel seeds.
Half-moon PotatoesHalf-moon Potatoes
Traditionally from the Friuli Venezia Giulia region, these potatoes are crispy outside and soft inside.
A crispy treat eaten throughout Italy during the Carnival season.


Other suggested recipes

Carnival CalzoneCarnival Calzone
A sweet and savory calzone that is a perfect treat during the Carnival season.
Mozzarella and Ham PanzerottiMozzarella and Ham Panzerotti
These delicious fried dough pockets are filled with mozzarella and prosciutto.
Fried BreadFried Bread
Traditionally from the region of Emilia Romagna, this type of fried bread (gnocco fritto) is served with sliced salumi and cheese.
Fettuccine with Italian Sausage and LeeksFettuccine with Italian Sausage and Leeks
Leeks and sausage are two common ingredients in rustic, Italian cooking and make this recipe satisfying and very flavorful.
Rice BombsRice Bombs
These festive Italian rice balls call for three different types of meat.
Sausages with BroccoliSausages with Broccoli
A quick and easy recipe, really yummy!

Food History

Carnival in Italy

Carnival is a festival linked to the Christian tradition and it is universally marked as a celebrations of popular form.
The name comes from the Latin "carnem levare" - literally "remove the meat" - as it highlights the beginning of the period of penitence before Easter: in fact the last day of Carnival is called "Mardi Gras" and precedes ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of Lent.

Many Italian cities are famous for carnival tradition.

The most famous are:

  • The Carnival of Venice, famous throughout the world for the elegance and beauty of masks and costumes
  • The Carnival of Viareggio, characterized by satire and irony of the floats that parade through the city
  • The Carnival of Ivrea, known for the historic battle of the oranges which is held at the climax of the event