Close up of fried panzerotto stuffing made of mozzarella cheese and tomato. Typical Apulian food. Italy

Italian fried dough is a tasty indulgence often found at county fairs. Similar to funnel cake, Italian fried dough can be made both sweet, with a dusting of powdered sugar or savory with marinara sauced ladled on top. Fried pizza dough is made in a variety of ways, depending upon where you live and the type of Italian restaurants in your area. Using some store-bought pizza dough, you can easily make and enjoy a simple fried dough from the comfort of your home.

Fill a deep pan with 4 inches of oil and heat to 375 F.

Divide the pizza dough into even pieces, depending on the size you want each piece to be.

Lightly flour a clean kitchen surface and press each piece of pizza dough into a flat, round shape.

Drop the discs of dough into the hot oil. Allow it to rise to the surface and turn it occasionally until both sides are golden brown.

Remove the pizza dough from the oil and drain on paper towels. Top with the marinara sauce and cheese for savory fried dough; or top with powdered sugar and cinnamon for a sweet dessert.


Try sweet, fried dough with mascarpone cheese, which is served in some Italian restaurants.

Additional toppings for savory fried dough include garlic and sour cream.