There are many sweet treats which are uniquely seasonal to the period of Carnevale, the weeks before Mardi Gras. Each region has their own particular specialties (of course!) but some of them travel. One commonality, many of them are fried.
Learn more in the Golossary:
Schiacciata Fiorentina – typical cake for Carnevale unique to Florence, traditionally served plain, but often now offered stuffed with chantilly
Fritelle – sweet fritters with various fillings or stuffings
Fritelle di Riso – rice fritters, typical of Tuscany especially in and around Florence
Cenci – fried or baked dough wafers sprinkled with sugar (found all over Italy, with dozens of different names)