Italian Desserts for a little bit of La Dolce Vita- Part 3

Everyone could use a little something sweet to eat from time to time. And it's fun to try different desserts and even learn about their origin. I've done two posts about various Italian desserts and thought I'd create another one. Since I did Part 2, I've tried eight more Italian desserts. I will have the other two posts linked at the bottom of this one. 

Profiteroles are custard-filled pastries. You can use any filling for them. We treated ourselves to some at Cinque Terre, an Italian restaurant in Seattle. An Italian pastry chef named Panterelli first invented them. The ones we tried were light and delicate and filled with Caramel Gelato and chocolate sauce. Yum. 

Budino is an Italian custard or pudding and is usually rich and creamy. At Cuoco in Seattle we tried their Chocolate Budino and it was amazing. 

Castagnole di Carnevale is a fun dessert because who doesn't love to donut holes? The ones we had at La Spiga in Seattle were light, fresh, and satisfying. They had a Marsala Zabaglione sauce and roasted strawberries. 

Chocolate Torta is as decadent and rich as it sounds. Pictured is a slice was from Princi in Seattle. 

Another item from Princi is an Italian croissant, called a Cornetti. They're like French Croissants, only richer and sweeter. These are a staple for breakfast in Italy. 

Nutella was created in Italy in 1946 by Pietro Ferrero. If you've never tried Nutella, I recommend picking up a jar at your local grocery store. This popular spread is made from Hazelnuts, sugar, and cocoa. While we were in Chicago last year, we stopped in at the Nutella CafĂ©. My son and I shared this Nutella Croissant. So good!  

It may be awhile before you can grab a Prosecco Float from Shug's Soda Fountain at a Mariners game, but in the meantime, Shug's has a pick-up window at their location near Pike Place Market. Or you can make your own Prosecco Float at home. Prosecco wine is one of my favorite sparkling wines and is produced in Italy. It's very crisp and refreshing! 

Another fun and delicious Italian pastry is a Sfogliatelle. Another name for them is a Lobster Tail. I tried one a year and a half ago at an Italian festival in Seattle, The San Gennaro Festival. The pastry was very dense and had a really creamy filling. The outside was delicate with lots of thin layers. What a treat! 

Check out my first Italian Dessert post here

And check out part 2 here


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