Cappella

Cappella is a traditional dessert from the Campania region of Italy. It is a sweet pastry made with a filling of ricotta cheese, sugar, and candied fruit. The pastry is shaped like a small dome or chapel, hence the name “cappella” which means chapel in Italian. Cappella is a popular dessert during the Christmas season and is often served alongside other traditional Italian sweets like panettone and pandoro.

Cappella can be found in various towns and communes throughout Campania, including Naples, Salerno, and Avellino. In Naples, it is often sold in bakeries and pastry shops in the historic center of the city. In Salerno, it is a popular dessert during the Feast of St. Matthew, which takes place in September. In Avellino, cappella is often served during the Christmas season and is a staple dessert at local holiday markets.

To make cappella, the pastry dough is made with flour, sugar, eggs, and butter. The filling is made with ricotta cheese, sugar, and candied fruit. The pastry is then shaped into small domes and baked until golden brown. Cappella is often dusted with powdered sugar before serving.

Cappella has been recognized as a traditional Italian food product (PAT) by the Italian government. This designation is given to foods that are deeply rooted in Italian culture and tradition and have been produced in the same way for generations. The PAT recognition ensures that cappella is made according to specific specifications and standards, preserving its authenticity and cultural significance.

Sources:
– “Cappella: The Sweet Pastry from Campania.” Italia Sweet Italia, www.italiasweetitalia.com/cappella-the-sweet-pastry-from-campania/.
– “Cappella.” Italian Food Excellence, www.italianfoodexcellence.com/cappella/.