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Calzone fritto.jpg
Alternative names Panzerotti
Type Savoury pie
Place of origin Italy
Region or state Apulia
Main ingredients Tomato, mozzarella
Cookbook: Panzerotti  Media: Panzerotti

Panzerotti (Italian: [pantseˈrɔtti]; sing. panzerotto) are savory filled pastries, various forms of which are popular in Italy, Canada, and the United States.


Panzerotti originated in central and southern Italy, especially in Apulia. They are small versions of the calzone or closed pizza, but produced with a softer dough. The most common fillings are tomato and mozzarella, but spinach, mushrooms, baby corn, and ham are often used. Another filling is onions stir fried in olive oil and seasoned with salted anchovies and capers, a seasoning that, mixed with bread, is also used in Apulia for stuffed bell peppers.

In the city of Molfetta and the town of Mola di Bari located in the Bari province of the Puglia region, frittelle (sometimes spelt frittelli) is used as another name for panzerotti.[1][2][3]

The word pansoti, used in Genoa for a type of stuffed pasta, is totally unrelated.

North America[edit]

Panzerotti can come in various sizes from 4 to 12 inches (10 to 30 cm),[original research?] and are most commonly semicircular. They were imported during the flow of immigrants coming from Southern Italy starting from the 19th century.

They consist of a pocket of dough filled with varying amounts of melted mozzarella cheese, tomato sauce, and any reasonable number of fillings, which is then wrapped, salted, and deep-fried. The panzerotto rises during this process, creating a pocket containing a considerable amount of steam which should be partially released prior to eating.

This paragraph is in question. See the Talk page. In parts of North America, including the US and Canada, the word has come to be spelled panzarotti,[citation needed] and is regarded as singular (with the plural being panzarotties or panzarottis).

United States[edit]

Panzerotti are available in much if not most of the United States.


Since the mid-1960s, panzerotti have been a popular fast food item in Canada. Commercialized frozen versions are called Pizza Pockets or Pizza Pops.

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