Italian cuisine is hands down some of the best food there is. With fresh ingredients and seasonings like basil and garlic in every bite, it’s no wonder some of the best Italian restaurants in Ottawa feature some of the best desserts too. From sweet tiramisu to indulgent tarts, here are some of the best desserts that Italian cuisine has to offer.
Tiramisu is one of the most popular Italian desserts. The elegant and rich cake is said to have been invented in the 1960s in Veneto, Italy (several chefs have tried to take credit over the years), and has been a delicacy ever since. The name tiramisu means “pick me up” in Italian – and for good reason too! The layered cake features coffee-dipped ladyfingers with a whipped mixture of eggs, sugar, and mascarpone cheese. Of course you can’t forget the chocolate! Only the best Italian restaurants in Ottawa serve the dish, which can be enjoyed with a side of java to excite the taste buds.
Tartuffo is a delicacy in Italian cuisine that is made with a combination of two delicious ice cream flavours, drizzled with a syrupy sauce and coated in chocolate or other sweet spices. Italian for truffle, tartuffo desserts are found in the best Italian restaurants in Ottawa and are famous for their sweetness and indulgent combination of textures. Two of the most popular flavour pairings include chocolate with raspberry and vanilla with strawberry.
This sweet, almond-flavoured Italian liqueur can be found in many of Italian cuisine’s most popular desserts, and adds the perfect amount of zing to any sweet treat. Commonly used as a baking ingredient in biscotti, cheesecakes, and coffee, you can find amaretto- infused desserts at the best Italian restaurants in Ottawa or enjoy a sip or two with dinner.
Famously feasted on during the holiday season, torrone is a popular treat that is traditionally combined with toasted almonds, chocolate and dried fruit. Though the dessert is popular in many countries across the globe, Italian variations can be found here in North America, in the best Italian restaurants in Ottawa. Hints of honey and vanilla add just the right amount of sweetness, and crunchy almonds and fruit add some crunch. You can enjoy the nougat dessert year-round, and it pairs nicely with a glass of red wine.