The Venetian Pancake (Fritola) is the typical dessert of the carnival that was eaten throughout the Veneto-Friulian territory almost in Milan.
In the XVII century in Venice was formed the Association of Fritoleri that each had its own area in which to exercise their business. This guild disappeared only after the fall of the Republic of Venice.
The recipe of the pancake spread rapidly in the surrounding areas where several variants were added: pancakes filled with fruit, vegetables, rice and polenta. Today the variants are limited to the filling of custard or zabaglione, but the original recipe is this:

25gr Brewer’s Yeast
300gr flour
1/4l Milk
100gr granulated sugar
3 eggs
50gr butter
70gr raisins
30gr pine nuts
Lemon peel
2 tablespoons grappa or rum
Peanut Oil for frying


Wash the raisins and dry. Dissolve the yeast in lukewarm milk and melt the butter in a bain-marie. In a bowl put 50gr of sugar and work it with eggs; Add the melted butter, yeast, raisins, pine nuts, grated lemon peel and the rum stirring until you get a homogeneous dough. Add little at a time the flour and a pinch of salt. Work the mixture vigorously and let it rest an hour until it has doubled its volume. Heat the oil well and, using a teaspoon to give them the shape, fry the pancakes until they are swollen and golden. Drain on absorbent paper and serve sprinkle with the remaining sugar.

You can taste excellent pancakes in some of the most good Venetian pastries:

TONOLO, near Campo Santa Margherita, makes exceptional pancakes with raisins or without raisins.

NOBILE (known among the Venetians as “Da Maria”) in Rio Terà San Leonardo, famous for the pizzas of bread but also excellent for pastries and of course for pancakes.
DAL MAS in Lista di spagna. A historical pastry shop (almost 100 years old), it seems to have been mentioned also by Hugo Pratt and specialized in chocolate (next to the pastry have opened an annex dedicated only to chocolate).

We propose therefore for this tour some of our apartments close to the aforementioned patisseries:

Near Nobile: ALLE BIFORE