As calzones are to the Naples area, panzerotti — another filled half-moon turnover — are to Apulia, the heel of Italy. Though panzerotti ooze similar fillings, they are made from a thinner dough than calzones and deep-fried, not baked. Now they’re available in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, at Panzerotti Bites. Vittoria Lattanzio and her husband, Pasquale De Ruvo, who are from Apulia, fry them with a dozen fillings, including mortadella, tomato, roasted vegetables and tuna. Sweet ones are filled with ricotta and Nutella. They are quite light, miraculously greaseless, and if you take them home to serve, they need but five minutes in a 350-degree oven to come back to life. A few with fancy fillings like smoked salmon are folded into a heavier casing: Panzerotti, $7 to $12, Panzerotti Bites, 235 Smith Street (Douglass Street), 347-720-0269, panzerottibites.com.
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