Two types of frog are found in Italy: the edible frog and the common frog. Edible frogs are typically available from May through October. Their delicate flesh is delicious fried in a light batter. The area around the city of Bologna is famous for the dish.

Fried frogs legs are traditionally eaten by the poor in the countryside of Piemonte and Emilia Romagna. The legs are typically served either on top of a salad or as a secondo with risotto.