From Gelato to Amaretti Cake to Panna Cotta, it’s safe to say when it comes to dessert; Italians certainly know how to do it! It’s important to us that you enjoy each part of your meal when dining at Cucina Rustica and that each course is memorable for its tasty and unique flavours.
In the Italian culture, sitting down for a family meal includes a huge banquet – sharing antipastos, a large main course and always a dessert to finish!
We’ve included some of our typically traditional and most popular Italian sweets below which will make you want to ‘start the diet tomorrow!’
Did you know that the coffee-flavoured layer dessert was first invented in the 1960s? It’s been suggested that the dish was created by confectionist, Roberto Linguanotto who named the dish after his apprentice, Francesca Valori after her maiden name ‘Tiramisu.’ The classic dessert is a combination of ladyfingers dipped in coffee and layered with whisked eggs, sugar and mascarpone sprinkled with a layer of cocoa.
2. Pera Cotta al Barolo (Poached pears in Barolo wine)
A typical Piemontese favourite! Simmering the peeled pears in Barolo wine enables the spices to infuse, making them particularly popular as a dessert after a meal during the colder months of the year. We couldn’t let it finish there, so we’ve added a dollop of Amaretto ice cream to compliment the dish further!
3. Torta di Ricotta (Cheesecake served with forest fruits)
The torta di ricotta is one of our favourite ways to finish off a meal, especially in the summer months. The light, fluffy mixture is set on a crunchy biscuit base with a topping of sweet berry compote poured over the top. If the cheesecake takes your fancy, we would recommend ordering a glass of our crisp Prosecco as an accompaniment!
4. House Special Crème Bruleè
Our house special is a popular choice amongst both regular and new customers and we’re pretty sure we’ve sussed out why this is. The delicious addition of Grand Marnier and orange gives this traditional dessert that extra zing you’ve been looking for! After all, who doesn’t love a Crème Bruleè?!
5. Crostata di Mele (Italian apple cake served with vanilla ice cream and caramel)
This is one of the most popular and traditional Italian cakes and a wonderful way to welcome in the winter months. There are many variations to this dessert, whether this may be adding cinnamon to the mixture or adding chopped walnuts into the batter, at Cucina Rustica we’ve chosen to accompany the cake with ice cream and caramel. Naughty… but oh so nice!
Fancy treating yourself? Come along to our restaurant on Ludgate Hill for a delicious sweet treat.