It’s summer time and the sun is shining, so what better time to treat yourself to a delicious meal out and get together with friends and family.
Italian food is world renowned and there aren’t many people who don’t love a traditional pizza or pasta dish, but Italian desserts are some of the best in the world and well worth trying, or even making yourself at home.
Traditionally tiramisu is made with brandy, rum or marsala, but when made with Baileys it creates a perfect creamy melt in your mouth delight. For a slight twist, try the boozy tiramisu bombe which is shaped like a traditional ice cream bombe, but doesn’t include raw eggs.
A classic perfect dessert for summer, passion fruit panna cotta tastes refreshing and delicious. Alternatively, if you are a coffee lover, go for the Café Latte panna cotta served with espresso syrup – the perfect end to any meal.
The problem with Italian tarts is which one to choose! A less well known Italian version is made with pine nuts and ricotta; this comes served with infused syrup and baked in crisp homemade pastry, and is definitely worth a try. Alternatively, the pear and frangipane tart sprinkled with almonds might be more to your taste, or try the peach, almond and mascarpone tart made with buttery pastry. The combination of flavours is enough to make you go back for more.
No special occasion is complete without a cake. Served with cappuccino buttercream, this Italian version is bound to go down a treat, and according to this recent article in The Guardian newspaper, evidence has shown that sharing a meal with friends and family is the secret to happiness.
If you’re planning a get-together, Italian restaurants such as this restaurant in Dublin
http://www.toscanarestaurant.ie/ offer a friendly welcome and great atmosphere, as well as a wide selection of traditional Italian dishes making you feel like you’re in Rome!
Another traditional Italian dessert is the torte, and the classic combination for this dreamy dessert is chocolate and hazelnut, which can be a great dinner party showpiece.
Finally, no Italian meal is complete without an almond biscotti biscuit. Served with coffee, they are perfect all year round and will give a traditional finishing touch to your evening.