Chanukah in Venice with Holy Pumpkin Fritters

Chanukah in Venice with Holy Pumpkin Fritters

“Man tracht un Got lacht”.

Man plans and G-d laughs. Sometimes stuff just happens.

After weeks of planning the perfectly timed Chanukah cooking demo and tasting, we needed to postpone it due to unforeseeable circumstances.

I love to share my experiences at compelling culinary events, so you might guess that I had a cool post sketched out. I was just waiting to perk it up with action shots of charming Alessandra barely breaking a sweat while she fried up 50 fritters,  tempting close-ups of perfectly crisped, celebratory Italian treats, along with captivating descriptions of the Holy Pumpkin Fritters on the menu.

If the irristable aromas of traditional potato latkes (pancakes) or sufganiyot (doughnuts)  reduces your will power to nil,  you’ll love these novel and unfamiliar fritters from my blogging buddy,  Alessandra Rovati.


These are not your Bubbie’s latkes. 

These puffed pastries are mildly sweet and fruity, with fresh steamed pumpkin, orange zest, cinnamon and raisins. They are airy and addictively delicious with unexpected texture from the pine nuts and candied lemon bits (optional) nestled into the tender, warm center.

Try these for a novel twist on a fried classic at your Chanukah celebration.

I can smell their warm, spicy scent and tantalizing savory undertones even before I heat the oil to the correct temperature!!

Alessandra Rovati blogs at Dinner in Venice, where she shares the rich and ancient culinary history of the Italian Jewish communities. Her articles and recipes have been published in several magazines, websites and newspapers including the NY TIMES, The Huffington Post, and the Jewish Daily Forward.


And if you are hankering for more traditional potato latkes or a vegetable variation on the latke theme, check out Levana Kirshenbaum’s latke post. She’ll tell you everything you need to know in“Fear of Frying”.

Happy Chanukah (no matter how you spell it)!

Thank you to Paula Koffsky for her photo of Venice.


  1. these look insane!! just printed the recipe and i am planning out the rest of the menu….but honestly what else do you need!!!! thanks liz for another fabulous post. wish i could have been there for this!!

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