Crescentina or gnocco fritto


Salted fried dumpling, typical of the Bolognese cuisine

Traditional "crescentine alla Bolognese"
Traditional "crescentine alla Bolognese"

The Crescentina is a fried dough, typical from the Bologna's area. Towards the boundary with Modena is also known as Gnocco fritto. You can eat it alone or filled with cold cuts and cheese.


The  recipe undergoes small variations from town to town, but also from house to house. The crescentina is diamond-shaped or, more often, rectangular or squared. The gnocco fritto has one or two central cuts or some punctures made by the tines of a fork.


Baked in an iron frying pan provided with high sides, the crescentina has a white puffy aspect as it increases in volume during cooking.


In some areas you keep doing the gnocco fritto unleavened, while the crescentina is always made with yeast dough.


Both crescentina and gnocco fritto are fried in lard and must be taken out when still white, and not waiting to become golden, otherwise they lose their suppleness and become too brittle and crunchy.

The crescentina (or fried dumpling) is made and served in many restaurants, kiosks and local festivals around the Bolognese area.


The crescentina (or gnocco fritto) is made and served just fried in different kiosks and local festivals of all the Bologna's area. You can find it in those permanent kiosks in Zola Predosa:

  • La Baracca, via Buonarroti M., 1  - Località San Pancrazio, ph. 0039 051 756552. Closed on Monday - Open from May to December
  • Mamma Rina, Via Risorgimento, 53 - Località Riale, ph. 0039 338 1231844
Come arrivare
Info on the tourist location

The UIT Colli Bolognesi (Tourist Information Office of the Bolognese Hills) is located at Villa Garagnani in Zola Predosa and it provides information about Zola Predosa and Casalecchio di Reno. It also provides information on Valsamoggia and Monte San Pietro.



UIT Colli Bolognesi c/o Villa Edvige Garagnani

Via Masini 11 - 40069 Zola Predosa
Ph. +39 366 8982707

Fax +39 051 752838


Opening times:

Monday 14:30-19:00

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 9:30am-14:00

Saturday 9:00-13:00 and 15:00-18:00

Closed on Tuesday, Sunday and Holidays


U.R.C.A. - Sportello del cittadino [Ufficio Relazioni Cittadino Amministrazione] 
Sede Municipale – Piano terra Piazza della Repubblica,1 – 40069 Zola Predosa

Phone: 0039 051.6161610
Fax: 051.6161649/711

Opening times
Mon, Tue, Wed and Fri 7.45am-1pm

Sat 7.45am-12.30pm
Thu 7.45am-1pm, 2.30pm-6pm



Last update: 09-09-2019