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Place of originItaly
Region or stateCampania
Main ingredientsPastry dough
VariationsMany types of fillings

A sfogliatella (Italian: [sfoʎʎaˈtɛlla]; Neapolitan: sfugliatella; pl.: sfogliatelle), sometimes called a lobster tail in the US,[1][2] is a shell-shaped filled Italian pastry originating from Campania. Sfogliatella means 'small, thin leaf/layer', as the pastry's texture resembles stacked leaves.[citation needed]


The sfogliatella Santa Rosa was created in the monastery of Santa Rosa in Conca dei Marini, in the province of Salerno, Italy, in the 17th century. Pasquale Pintauro, a pastry chef from Naples, acquired the original recipe and began selling the pastries in his shop in 1818.[3]


The dough[4] is stretched out on a large table,[5] or flattened with a pasta maker,[6] then brushed with a fat (butter, lard, shortening, margarine, or a mixture), then rolled into a log (much like a Swiss roll, but with many more layers). Disks are cut from the end, shaped to form pockets,[7] and filled. The pastry is baked[8] until the layers separate, forming the sfogliatella's characteristic ridges.[citation needed]

Recipes for the dough and filling vary. Fillings include orange-flavoured ricotta, almond paste and candied peel of citron.[citation needed]

Regional variations[edit]

Sfogliatelle Santa Rosa

In Neapolitan cuisine, there are two kinds of the pastry: sfogliatella riccia ('curly'), the standard version, and sfogliatella frolla, a less labour-intensive pastry that uses a shortcrust dough and does not form the sfogliatella's characteristic layers.[citation needed]

A variation named coda d'aragosta (in the United States 'lobster tail')[9] also exists, with the same crust but a sweeter filling: French cream, similar to whipped cream.[citation needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ From the Source - Italy: Italy's Most Authentic Recipes From the People That Know Them Best (2015). Lonely Planet.
  2. ^ Bullock-Prado, Gesine (2012). Pie It Forward: Pies, Tarts, Tortes, Galettes, and Other Pastries Reinvented. Open Road Media. p. 198.
  3. ^ "storia della sfogliatella". www.sfogliatella.it.
  4. ^ molinocaputo (5 March 2010). "Come Realizzare una Sfogliata Riccia". Archived from the original on 2021-12-21 – via YouTube.
  5. ^ ajmichels (6 April 2009). "Sfogliatelle" – via YouTube.[dead YouTube link]
  6. ^ Sylvanna (16 November 2009). "Sfogliatelle Dough". Archived from the original on 2021-12-21 – via YouTube.
  7. ^ Sandie Drake (1 November 2013). "Preparing sfogliatelle pastry to make Lobster Tails". Archived from the original on 2021-12-21 – via YouTube.
  8. ^ ciboespresso (27 June 2012). "CIBO ESPRESSO - Sfogliatelle". Archived from the original on 2021-12-21 – via YouTube.
  9. ^ "La Sfogliatella, (Lobstertail)". Mike Mercogliano's Pastry. Archived from the original on 2016-11-01. Retrieved 2016-03-16.