The Best Frittelle In Florence Are Found In Bango A Ripoli
Today, I'm taking a tiny break from sharing our recent trip to Marrakesh to introduce you guys to the seasonal Tuscan treat, frittelle. Fritelle are best described as a combination between doughnut holes and fried dough, but are so, so much tastier. And to me, they are even more special still because frittelle are pretty much only found between Carnival and Easter. During this time, you'll find frittelle (and other seasonal treats like Pan di Ramerino) everywhere from grocery stores to corner bakeries. But, all frittelle are not created equal.
If you're looking to taste the best frittelle, then you have to go to a seasonally erected stand run by volunteers in Bango a Ripoli. Though a commune to the southeast of Florence proper, Bango a Ripoli is easy to reach via bike or bus 23. Found on Via Poggio della Pieve, right by Via Roma, Sagra delle Frittelle is open just on Saturdays and Sundays in the weeks leading up to Easter. And don't worry about getting lost, because you'll smell the sweet fried dough goodness--and see the lines of cars--from a ways away. If you happen to be in Florence during this time, you have to go to Sagra delle Frittelle to purchase a flat of frittelle since they are so delicious and only available seasonally.
We walked over to Sagra delle Frittelle this past Saturday on the specific mission of purchasing a flat of frittelle to enjoy throughout the rainy weekend. We managed to miss the rain, enjoy some countryside sightseeing, and stuff our faces with these fried dough balls that have the slightest hint of lemon. When asked, definitely get the sugar sprinkled on top!
You can find more about their opening and closing dates and times on the commune's website. Also note that Sagra delle Frittelle is cash only.
How do you feel about seasonally specific treats?