Place of originItaly
Region or stateSouthern Italy
Main ingredientsWheat flour, yeast, water, olive oil, fennel seeds, black pepper, salt

Taralli are toroidal Italian snack foods, common in the southern half of the Italian Peninsula.[1] A cracker similar in texture to a breadstick,[2] a pretzel, a bublik, a Sushki or baranki, and taralli can be sweet or savory.[3] Sweet taralli are sometimes glazed with sugar. Savory taralli may be flavored with onion, garlic, sesame seeds, poppy seeds, fennel, pepper, chili or just salt. Sweet and plain taralli are often dunked in wine.


Taralli are classically formed into rings or ovals about 10 to 12.5 cm (3.9 to 4.9 in) in circumference. Smaller taralli, called tarallini, with a circumference of 3.8 to 7.8 cm (1.5 to 3.1 in), are sold commercially. According to Malcolm Gladwell in his book Outliers: The Story of Success, "Sweets such as biscotti and taralli used to be reserved for Christmas and Easter; in Roseto they were eaten year-round."[4]

Ingredients for one commercially sold tarallini brand: wheat flour, yeast, water, olive oil, fennel seed, black pepper, salt, anise flavor.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Barbieri, S. "Sensory and instrumental study of Taralli, a typical Italian bakery product". European Food Research & Technology. 244 (1): 73–82. doi:10.1007/s00217-017-2937-8.
  2. ^ Moskin, Julia (June 10, 2016). "Italy's answer to potato chips? Taralli, of course". New York Times. Retrieved 12 June 2022.
  3. ^ McGrath, Gwen; Doherty, Ken (February 7, 2021). "Tasty staples from Naples". Sunday Times.
  4. ^ Gladwell, Malcolm (2008). Outliers : the story of success (First ed.). New York: Little, Brown and Company. p. 8. ISBN 9780316017923. OCLC 225870354.