Fried pastries of this type can be found across Italy, particularly during the carnival season. Cenci mean tatters, which is what these pastries look like before you fry them. They are great warm or at room temperature, but should be eaten the same day. In Umbria, a sweetened, bright pink Alkermes liqueur is drizzled across the pastry before serving them.

Cenci mean tatters, which is what these pastries look like before you fry them.