Dessert is such a wonderful treat that there are many humorous quotes about it. One of our favorites is, “Life is short. Buy the shoes. Drink the wine. Order the dessert.” If you agree that dessert is something that should not be ignored, then we know that you’ll enjoy today’s post on some of the Italian desserts that you have to try!

If you’re in Boise and looking for the best Italian restaurant, then be sure to call Asiago’s Restaurant and Winebar to book your reservations for dinner and dessert! We’ve been making Italian food from scratch for more than 20 years, and we’d love to have the opportunity to serve some of our delicious fare for you tonight.

1. Tiramisu

Tiramisu is perhaps one of the most well-known Italian desserts. Its name literally means “pick me up.” When you consider the mood-lifting combination of ingredients — coffee, cocoa, sweet mascarpone — you can understand how it earned its name. Ladyfingers are dipped in coffee and then layered with a whipped mixture of eggs, sugar, and mascarpone. Mascarpone is a mild and creamy fresh cheese with a consistency that is similar to soft butter. On their own, each ingredient is fairly delicious, but together they create a tiny slice of heaven.

2. Panna Cotta

Panna cotta is a chilled dessert that is popular throughout Italy and is fairly easy to make. The dessert itself consists of sweetened cream that is thickened with gelatin and then molded into the desired shape. Due to the whiteness of the cream, it is best served with ripe red fruits such as raspberries, strawberries, or sweet cherries.

3. Tartufo di Pizzo

Tartufo is an Italian ice cream dessert that has its origins in Pizzo, Calabria. The tartufo is traditionally composed of two flavors of ice cream — chocolate and hazelnut. It is filled with melted chocolate and sugared hazelnuts in order to make the bombe. The tartufo is then covered in sugar and cocoa, wrapped in parchment paper, and dusted with a generous amount of cocoa powder.

4. Zabaglione

Do you remember our favorite quote mentioned both dessert and wine? Well, this Italian dessert just might be our favorite because it is infused with wine! Zabaglione or zabaione is typically made with egg yolks, sugar, and a sweet wine. There are variations on this dessert that substitute cognac for the wine, but you can enjoy whichever version suits your taste! The dessert is the consistency of a light custard as it is whipped to incorporate as much air as possible, and is usually served with strawberries, blueberries, or peaches in a champagne coupe.

If your mouth is watering right now and all you can think about is Italian dessert, then stop by Asiago’s for lunch or dinner today! In fact, why worry about eating lunch or dinner first? Order the dessert you want and hopefully, you’ll have some room leftover for your meal. Call Asiago’s Restaurant and Winebar in Boise today to reserve your table.