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Tiramisù

Tiramisù (photo by © Francesca Bruzzese)

Alright – I have something to confess. You might want to sit down for this. Seated? Okay. Here it goes: despite priding myself on being a good cook and being very skilled in Italian cuisine, I had never, ever – up until this post – made tiramisù, the most well-known Italian dessert and arguably one of the most popular Italian recipes. How did that happen, you ask? Perhaps it’s because I knew that I could always get a good tiramisù in any restaurant here in Rome; perhaps it can be chalked up to all the different components needed to assemble ...

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Simple and Sweet Greatness: Torta Caprese

Torta Caprese (photo by Francesca Bruzzese)

As much as I ate and enjoyed Italian food when I was younger, I lived with the idea that American desserts were superior to Italian ones. Sure, Italians had cannoli and gelato, but those were nothing compared to raspberry topped cheesecakes, towering chocolate layer cakes and fudgy brownies. There were very rarely surprises and creativity in Italian desserts as far as I could see. The Italian restaurants I went to offered the same list of desserts (panna cotta, tiramisu, the occasional profiterole), and I was slightly disappointed when offered the usual cantuccio or two with coffee after lunch at my ...

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MITaly Holds Italian Dolci Event

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MIT’s Italian student association, MITaly, hosted an event centered on Italian sweets and desserts on Thursday, October 18. Held at MIT’s Strata Center, the event featured several tables focused on regional specialties like sfogliatelle (Campania), ciambelline al vino (Lazio), panettone (Lombardia) and many more. Students and faculty looking for a treat were handed little maps of Italy at the entrance and were invited to vote for their favorite dolce. We visited the Strata Center and took some pictures:

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