You know the type: The name of a dessert has a deep meaning that transcends its geographic origin.
When you order a “Puff-O-Matic” with egg custard, you’re thinking of an Italian dessert—not an American one.
But when you order “Italian pie,” the dessert becomes a reference to the region in which it was made.
And it’s not just dessert.
Many of the names of the desserts listed here are actually taken from the Italian food language, known as Italian, that’s spoken in Sicily and Sardinia.
But they’re also common in Italy’s northern region, the Adriatic, and elsewhere in Italy.
Here’s a look at the names that most Italians have.