The History of Gelatto / Italian Deserts

The History of Gelato and Italian Desserts

There is nothing like Italian desserts, a true Italian feast is not complete without a boozy Tiramisu or a creamy Panna cotta. Perhaps the fresh and clean tasting Gelato is the best of all as it cleans the palate and prepares the diner for an after dinner espresso.
Here at La Costa we pride ourselves at the choices of desserts we offer, in fact many of our patrons pop in during the day for a coffee and a dessert, as a sort of afternoon or morning pick-me-up before carrying on in their daily routines around Pattaya.
In this blog we look at some of the greatest of all Italian desserts and see how they came about and why they are so popular.


Most people around the world are under the misunderstanding that Gelato is just an Italian name for ice cream. We do know that Gelato dates back to the 16th Century but the origin is trifle confused.
Some people believe it was developed at the court of Catherina dei Medici and Italians are credited for introducing Gelato to the rest of Europe. Gelato contains far less dairy products than ice cream and does not have as much air, leaving a very intense flavour on the palate.


Tiramisu translates as a pick me up, and is one of Italy’s most favourite desserts. It is a rich treat, which cleverly blends bold flavours together to produce a memorable sweet.
Although many Italians finish their meals quite often with fresh fruit, desserts such as Tiramisu are saved for special occasions or even as an afternoon treat with coffee. All Italian desserts are created with the ethos, to provide dishes that provide pleasure above all else.
This particular dessert is loaded with cocoa, espresso, wine, liqueur, mascarpone cheese, and soft ladyfinger biscuits. Now only an Italian could have come up with that list for a recipe.


The traditional Cannoli came from Palermo, which was at the time heavily influenced by the Arabs. Cannoli was designed and created for Carnivale and was a festive dish, it was a symbol of fertility.
The outside of the Cannoli is made with a simple pastry dough that is shaped into a cone and then fried to hold. The delicious creamy filling differs but generally is made out of ricotta or mascarpone cheese which is sweetened with honey and can contain chopped nuts, candied fruits, marsala wine or even rose water.
Cannolis can be found the world over, but the very best ones are still made in Sicily from traditional Italian ricotta. It is a decadent dessert but made correctly can be light and creamy.
If any of these desserts have whetted your appetite for a sweet snack, why not pop into La Costa and treat yourself to coffee and a great Italian dessert.