Sweets can stir up feelings and evoke memories of particular times of the year in a way that other foods can’t. This is particularly true in Naples, where there is a dessert for every holiday: struffoli
(small fried dough balls doused in honey) and cassata
(sponge cake with ricotta and candied fruit) call to mind lively and colorful Christmas celebrations, while the pastiera
(a cake filled with ricotta cheese, eggs and custard) reminds us of the exuberance of Easter.