Classic Italian Desserts

April 11th, 2016 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “Classic Italian Desserts”

We all know the country of Italy has provided us with some delicious food that have worked their way into being staples in the American diet today. This includes calzones, delicious pasta dishes, and (of course) PIZZA. However, sometimes it’s easy to forget the sweeter fares that originate from Italy and bring a mouthwatering end to any meal. Here are four of the most popular Italian desserts that you simply shouldn’t turn down.

1. Tiramisu


In Italian, tiramisu means, “pick me up” or “cheer me up”.  This well-known coffee flavored, layered cake appears on dessert menus around the world, sometimes regardless of restaurant genre. Typically made by layering a mascarpone cheese mixture, whipped cream, and ladyfingers soaked in coffee and rum, there are different iterations that have appeared across time including versions with amaretto, berry, lemon, strawberry, pineapple, raspberry, and even coconut.

 2. Gelato


Gelati is the Italian word for “ice cream”. In Italy, you will see this popular dessert served all over the country. In fact, more than 5,000 modern Italian gelato shops exist today, employing over 15,000 people. As for the difference between gelato and American ice cream, Gelato typically uses milk rather than cream, as well as a lower proportion eggs (or no eggs at all) making it less fattening – although it usually does have more sugar. It is also churned at a slower rate, which incorporates less air, leaving the gelato more dense, soft and silky than ice cream. Yum!

3. Cannolis


Cannolis originated in Sicily. The term cannolu in the Sicilian language means, “little tube”. Cannolis were originally made by taking fried pastry dough and filling it with a sweet filling, usually using ricotta or mascarpone cheese as the base. Due to the lesser availability of ricotta and mascarpone cheese during early Italian-American generations, some cannoli variants are now filled with a custard rather than cheese base.  Cannolis are typically available in lots of flavors including lemon, banana, strawberry and chocolate chip.

4. Panna Cotta

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Panna Cotta is Italian for “cooked cream”. This classic dessert is molded and served cold, usually with another flavor including vanilla, rum or fresh fruit. Very easy to make, Panna Cotta includes relatively few ingredients. The most important, perhaps, is the gelatin, which allows the sugar and cream mixture to set in a mold and hold it’s shape. Creamy, rich and light, this is the perfect dessert for a warm summer evening.

At Sonny’s, we serve a variety of classic Italian desserts. Come by today to enjoy a homemade meal and a delicious Tiramisu slice or Cannoli.

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