Cassatelle or sometimes called casateddi, are deep-fried Italian pastries that consist of a sugary filling enclosed within two thin layers of dough, often enriched with white wine or Marsala. Cassatelles are considered to be the sweet version of a ravioli pasta.
Cassatelle originated from the Sicilian province of Trapani, where this delicious pastry is traditionally prepared with a lemon-flavored filling; a combination of ricotta cheese and chocolate drops.
Cassatelle is usually prepared for the Carnival and during the months leading up to Easter. These deep-fried pastries are best enjoyed while still warm, when the exterior is firm and crispy. These are typically served dusted with powdered sugar or cinnamon.