Desserts (Dolci)

Limoncello Fresco

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  The famous Italian lemon liqueur, Limoncello, is simply lemon zest steeped in vodka for several weeks, then mixed with a simple syrup and aged a little longer. Served icy…

Frullato

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  Frullati (plural) are smoothies, “Italian-style.” During the summer in Italy, you can get this refreshing, cold and creamy drink in any espresso bar. The barista will skillfully make this…

Granita di Caffe

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  Bold and vitally refreshing, this sweet coffee cooler is a traditional Sicilian summer treat. As the summer starts to sizzle, granita di caffe is the typical breakfast in Sicily.…

Frozen Italian Pudding Pops

  For the last few years, our neighbors have thrown a Hawaiian-themed dinner party, and this was the first year Jack and I were in town and able to attend.…

Raspberry Sorbet with Balsamic Drizzle

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  Ruby-red and tangy-sweet, raspberries are a special treat. Lamponi, (raspberries) ripe with flavor from early summer through fall’s first frost, are versatile little frutti (fruits). I use fresh raspberries…

Grape Granita

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  Remember when your children, (or you) played the Hot-Warm-Cold game? Someone would hide an object, then another person would try and find the object. The one looking for the…

Lemon Ice Box Pie

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  This type of pie was named after the “ice box” it was stored in to keep cool. Prior to World War II, the majority of Americans did not have…

Southern Peach Creamsicle

  The classic Creamsicle, frozen vanilla ice cream on a stick, covered in an orange sherbet, was my inspiration for this frozen treat. I chose to use peaches, since we…

Tiramisu Gelati Cake

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  I’ve put a “cool” twist on a classic northern Italian dessert. Tiramisu, typically made by layering savoiardi (lady finger cookies) and zabaglione, (an airy custard of egg yolks, sugar…

Chocolate Hazelnut Semifreddo

  Semifreddo (half cold) is a partially frozen Italian dessert. You do not need an ice cream maker to make semifreddo. Cold and creamy, this luscious dessert is easy to make.…

Poached Pears with Raspberry Sauce

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  Baskets of bright, fresh sweet raspberries from “Bountiful Baskets,” (a grassroots, all volunteer, food Co-op that distributes produce baskets at a substantial savings) led to more than a few…

Peaches in Wine

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  Simple and to the point, this dessert exemplifies the type of dish that many Italians choose to end the evening meal. What could be better than a juicy fresh peach…

Zabaglione con Ciliegie Brinate

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  From tiny villages to large cities, Italy is a country of festivals! Religious, worshiping saints, (and there are many) civic, celebrating the city’s good fortune and sagre, (country festivals)…

Gelo di Melone

  The Feast of Santa Rosalia, patron saint of Palermo, Sicily, takes place in mid-July. This annual festival is held to honor the “little saint” (La Santuzza) for saving the…

Macerated Oranges

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  In Italy, every dinner does not conclude with a heavy dessert, in fact, dessert is rarely served at all. Unlike typical American dinners that end with a slice of…

Balsamic Berries

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  Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale, the richly flavored, slightly sweet, vinegar, from Modena, Italy, in the Emilia-Romania region, has been enjoyed by Italians for centuries. Balsamic vinegar, a versatile condiment, is…

Budino di Ricotta

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  Luscious and creamy, this cold pudding (budino) is so delicious that you won’t be able to put down your spoon. This dessert requires no cooking and takes only minutes…
Marsala-Poached Pears

Marsala-Poached Pears

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  The Sicilian city of Marsala, (from the Arabic “Mars-el-Allah,” meaning the port of God) on the ancient trade route between North Africa and Europe, still rely on the products…

Italian Meringue

  There are three types of meringue, the differences lie in when and how the sugar is added. The one you are probably most familiar with is the French meringue.…

Crostata di Ricotta (Easter Pie)

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  “Natale con i tuoi, Pasqua con chi voui” Christmas with your family, Easter with whomever you please. This old Italian saying sings the truth. Colorful, flavorful and full of…