The Gambero Rosso, one of Italy’s foremost food and drink magazines, has published in 2017 its annual Pasticceri & Pasticcerie guide, listing the 18 best places in Italy to gorge on the nation’s finest desserts, from tiramisu and cannoli to zeppole and panna cotta.
Pasticceria Veneto in Brescia in northern Italy topped the ranking, with 95 points. The establishment is run by renowned pastry chef Iginio Massari, who is responsible for training the Italian national team for the annual Pastry World Cup, a biennial competition won last year by Italy.
The 18 best pastry shops in Italy
- Pasticceria Veneto, Brescia
- Dalmasso, Avigliana
- Maison Manilia, Montesano sulla Marcellana
- Besuschio, Abbiategrasso
- Gino Fabbri Pasticcere, Bologna
- Acherer, Brunico
- Biasetto, Padua
- Nuovo Mondo, Prato
- Pasquale Marigliano, Ottaviano
- Bompiani, Rome
- Caffè Sicilia, Noto, Syracuse
- Cortinovis, Ranica
- Cristalli di Zucchero, Rome
- Dolce Reale, Montichiari
- Ernst K Knam, Milan
- Pasticceria Agricola Cilentana Pietro Macellaro, Piaggine, Sardinia
- Rinaldini, Rimini
- Sal De Riso Costa d’Amalfi, Minori
Some of the more understated neighborhood pasticcerias are often the most rewarding. Places like the Jewish bakery Boccioni in Rome’s Ghetto (their ricotta and wild cherry tart is to die for), or Attanasio, a scruffy looking place near Naples’ train station, which does the city’s best sfogliatellas and always has a queue out of the door.
Gambero Rosso also handed out some special awards. The Corsino bakery in Syracuse won the Taste and Health award for its gluten-free-only selection, while the Newcomer of the Year went to La Pâtisserie des Rêves, a traditional French bakery recently opened in Milan.