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Sfizi on Wiktionary https://en.m.wiktionary.org/wiki/sfizi:

plural of sfizio

Sfizio is defined as

whimsy, fancy

that doesn’t really explain what it would be as a menu category though.

Any ideas?

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    Uno sfizio è un capriccio, una voglia spesso improvvisa. In un menu viene a volte usato in riferimento ai dolci, i dessert.
    – user519
    Sep 28 '17 at 18:59
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    @Gio uhhh, English?
    – Mou某
    Sep 28 '17 at 20:04
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Sfizi is indeed the plural of the noun sfizio, which means “whim, fancy”, or something unusual you desire. In some menus they use it to denote some – in their opinion – especially tasty or sophisticated plates, mainly hors d'oeuvre or desserts. But the use itself is somewhat whimsical: you won't find it in an old-fashioned restaurant.

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  • Yeah more like appetizers where I saw it
    – Mou某
    Sep 28 '17 at 22:00
  • Whimsy is (also?) a noun in English
    – zale
    Dec 14 '19 at 6:05
  • Thanks, @zale. Fixed.
    – DaG
    Dec 14 '19 at 13:22
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I agree with the other answers/comments that it means treats, but unlike them I have seen it used almost exclusively as a section of the menu (usually of a cheap eatery such as a pizzeria or a pub) containing deep fried side dishes such as fries, cheese balls and olive ascolane --- never for desserts or fancy starters. See for instance here or here.

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