You may think you already know all about Italian food. Almost daily you make spaghetti, lasagna and pizza for your family. You may also cook most everything in olive oil and use plenty of garlic. However, you have not really lived until you have tasted these scrumptious Italian desserts.
The dessert course at an Italian table is called “dolce,” meaning sweet. Regarding Italian desserts, they have an endless array of chocolates, cookies and various other enticing ambrosial offerings, the flavor of which ranges from slightly bitter to fairly sweet. In general, Italian desserts are not too sweet and are usually served with an Italian wine.
Life and love will not be the same after you have experienced the self-indulgent flavor of ladyfingers dipped in a mix of coffee and Brandy layered with cream made up of eggs, mascarpone and Marsala wine in the authentic Italian version of Tiramisu. Your taste buds will thank you and you will crave it forever.
Next you should dive into a Cannoli. It is made of pastry shells that resemble pasta shaped cannelloni. The oblong tube is filled with chocolate chips, ricotta and candied fruit usually garnished with a sweet candied cherry. This precious dessert dates back a couple of thousand years.
There are so many to choose from, but another memorable Italian dessert is biscotti. The cookie dough is baked not once, but twice for crispness, is almond flavored and often dipped in chocolate. These are for those who love to indulge in gastronomic delights.
It is no wonder that people all over the world consider Italian food as some of the most tasty and intricate foods around. Not everyone can afford to go to Italy to find them, but if you look for a local Italian restaurant and skim their menus for these specialties, you will not be disappointed.
If you are a dessert addict like me and get somewhat weak in the knees without the occasional foreign cuisine, you should make sure that you discover these delicious Italian concoctions.
I believe if there is no dessert, then why have the meal in the first place? You need to set a goal during dinner and that goal is dessert. Hey, I have even started out my meal with dessert and had another one afterward although I would not recommend it. You might hurt yourself and then blame me.