Let's face it. It's hard to turn down the temptation of dessert – especially when you're eating out. A look at the facts will tell you that 99% of American consumers eat dessert, and 70% do so at least once a week. If you've already tried a taste of popular Italian desserts, like tiramisu, you'll love these other 3 desserts that are not as well known.
Zabaglione Topped with Berries, Frosted Sugar, Chocolate Flakes and More
If you love desserts that are a bit on the light side, you'll absolutely adore zabaglione, and it should be one of the top desserts that you look for when at an Italian restaurant. This dessert has a consistency close to custard or pudding. It's usually made from egg yolks, sugar and a sweet wine like Marsala wine. It can be served either hot or cold, and is normally topped with berries, frosted sugar, chocolate flakes or other similar confections.
As the taste of the wine can be rather strong, some restaurants forgo wine in the recipe – especially if the dessert is to be served to children. The wine may be substituted with an espresso shot.
Mini Zeppoles with Frosted Sugar On Top
If you love doughnuts, then you'll keep an eye out for mini zeppoles on the menu. These deep-fried, mini golden puffs are absolutely delicious and you'll surely gobble them all up within minutes. Mini zeppoles are bite-sized, and usually made from just several ingredients – flour, baking powder, and egg. Different restaurants typically add their own twist to the recipe. You'll find mini zeppoles served with whip cream, topped with frosted sugar or filled with cream or icing.
Bruttiboni Mixed with Almond Goodness
Bruttiboni, otherwise known as brutti ma buoni or "ugly but pretty", is one of the more unique cookies that you'll be able to find all over Italy. They're definitely a treat, and you should consider yourself lucky if you find these at an Italian restaurant. These cookies are made from finely ground almonds and feature a meringue base, which makes them a light and crispy treat that will be a great finish to your dinner.
There are plenty of unique desserts that can be found at your local Italian restaurants. Make sure to check out the menu, and don't be afraid to try out new items that you're unfamiliar with. Don't stick with mainstream desserts all the time because you'll surely miss out on other amazing finds.