In italy desert or sweets are called dolce. Italians don’t normally eat a lot of deserts. Instead they will eat fruit or cheese after a meal. They do love their gelato on a hot day. Given a special occasion they break out all the stops. Here are some (but certainly not all) of their dolce:
- Gelato – Italian ice creme that tastes better than ours and has less fat. How do they do it. It is always served soft not hard and icy.
- Tiramisu – A wonderful dolce made with mascarpone cheese (a sweet cheese), cocoa, espresso, wine and lady fingers. We have had it both soft like a cream and firmer like a very moist cake. See picture below.
- Cannoli – A Sicilian dolce made with a crisp pastry and ricotta cheese and chocolate. When these are made correctly they are divine.
- Sfogliatelle – This is one of our favorites. a crust to die for. These are made crispy and flaky like the best Parisian Croissants. It has a light creme inside.
- Amoretti – small Italian cookies made with Amaretto liquor.
- Biscotti – Crisp twice baked cookies that are normally dipped in coffee or wine.
- Pizzella – An Abruzzi dolce that is very popular in America at Christmas time. It is a waffle like desert that is crispy.
There are so many more types of dolce. Garrubbo has a website that lists many of these delights. Each town has special dolce made locally. Try each one you visit. Pastries are made fresh in Italy and enjoyed fresh. Only fresh ingredients, fruits and nuts are used. Breakfast in Italy is one of these delights and a Cafè. Enjoy!
George & Jo Anne