Definition of zuppa inglese in US English:

zuppa inglese


  • A rich Italian dessert resembling trifle.

    • ‘Considering that zuppa inglese is neither a soup nor English, it is not hard to conclude that few dishes have ever been as badly misnamed.’
    • ‘Our finale was zuppa inglese, a monster-large portion that jumbled raspberry mousse and sponge cake with subtle lacings of rum and port wine.’
    • ‘One unmissable ingredients for an authentic zuppa inglese is a shockingly hued liqueur called alkermes, which imparts a bright pinkish red colour to the sponge.’
    • ‘Before serving decorate the zuppa inglese with whipped cream.’
    • ‘Spoon the cream on top of the zuppa inglese and garnish with berries.’


Italian, literally ‘English soup’.


zuppa inglese

/ˈtso͞opə iNGˈɡlāzā/