And now is the time of Frittelle!
This is an ode to Savelli’s famous Frittelle kiosk, which emerges in Piazza del Campo from January 31st until the day after Father’s Day (in Italy) which occurs March 19th. In Italy, Father’s Day is marked by the day of San Giuseppe, or St. Joseph’s day.
And so each winter, Savelli’s wooden shack materializes in Piazza del Campo, to sell the sweet, fried dessert balls known as Frittelle, which are customarily made with rice in the Siena region. Frittelle are a traditional food, reminiscent to tiny fried dough balls, or hush puppies, except they are Italian, which instantly deems them more delicious.
Walking into the piazza during this time, one immediately inhales the intoxicating scent of the Frittelle, which are difficult to resist. It is important to note that 1 Euro will get you a bag of four Frittelle, and 2 Euro will get you a bag of eight.
As you approach the counter, it is evident that the Savelli Frittelle operation inside is a family affair. Those at the counter greet you with smiles, and seem so proud to be there. The Frittelle are served to you piping hot in a white paper bag, exactly as any notable street food should be served. Once you take your first bite, you instantly feel the topcoat layer of sugar, followed by the crunchiness of the fried exterior, and finally the creamy, porridge like center explodes in your mouth; it is sweet, buttery, and releases hints of orange. You could easily finish one off in a single bite, making it impossible to only order four.
Oh, and don’t forget the best part-- licking the sugar off of your fingers afterwards!
If you’re passing through Siena during this time period, hurry to the Savelli’s Frittelle shack while you can. They’ll close up shop in the next few weeks, meaning you won’t be able to indulge on these treats again until next winter! (Unless, of course, you enlist a Sienese mother to make them fresh for you!)