Where to find the best pastry shops in Italy

23rd November, 2016
Italy is renowned for its fine food. However, it is time to put the Michelin guide down, as there is a new culinary bible to follow.

Italy’s foremost food and drink magazine, The Gambero Rosso, has published its annual Pasticceri and Pasticcerie guide. It has listed the 18 best places to get the finest desserts that Italy has to offer, including, Tiramisu, cannoli zeppole and panna cotta.

Several pastry shops scored 90 points or more in the assessment. With this score, they received the sought-after Tre Torte – three cakes, which is the equivalent to three Michelin stars. In Brescia in northern Italy, Pasticceria Veneto topped the ranking with 95 points. This establishment is run by Iginio Massari, who is a renowned pastry chef. He is responsible for training the Italian national team for the annual Pastry Would Cup, which they won last year.

The 18 best pastry shops in Italy are as follows:

1.   Pasticceria Veneto, Brescia

2.   Dalmasso, Avigliana
3.   Maison Manilia, Montesano sulla Marcellana
4.   Besuschio, Abbiategrasso
5.   Gino Fabbri Pasticcere, Bologna
6.   Acherer, Brunico
7.   Biasetto, Padua
8.   Nuovo Mondo, Prato
9.   Pasquale Marigliano, Ottaviano
10. Bompiani, Rome
11. Caffè Sicilia, Noto, Syracuse
12. Cortinovis, Ranica
13. Cristalli di Zucchero, Rome
14. Dolce Reale, Montichiari
15. Ernst K Knam, Milan

16. Pasticceria Agricola Cilentana Pietro Macellaro, Piaggine, Sardinia
17. Rinaldini, Rimini
18. Sal De Riso Costa d'Amalfi, Minori    

There are so many remarkable pastry shops to explore, and some are located within reaching distance of our luxury villas in Italy.