We were at a bar not all that far from the Rialto, one which specializes in traditional Venetian pastries, in addition to the usual brioche and other pastine. With Befana's day tomorrow, they also featured baskets of candy coal in the windows. What really drew us in this time, however, was the promise of the year's first fritelle.
Fritelle are a kind of fruit cake sugar-coated doughnut traditional around Carnivale, possessing the rich flavor and lightness of panettone, with all the sugary deep-fried goodness and heat of a freshly made doughnut. They're only available for about a month a year, in the time leading up to carnival, and as soon as Shrove Tuesday hits, they're gone.
I rationed mine out until the cioccolata calda was finished, only then reluctantly consuming my last bite.