We are so full that even my sweet teeth little girls roll their eyes when the waiter comes over to ask if we want dessert. Then the little one pipes up with “unless there’s chocolate ice cream!”
The dessert menu features a few Italian favorites, like tiramisu and spumoni; Italian spins on chocolate cake and pound cake; and the more traditional NY cheesecake. Many of their options come with ice cream on the side, but there is absolutely not way this family is going to be able to eat two desserts unless they are bringing a crane to get us to our feet and roll us out the door.
The girls push for the chocolate zuccoto cake, which is a chocolate layer cake filled with chocolate mousse flavored with Sambuca. Since this is one dish that doesn’t come with ice cream, I ask our waiter if he can just go ahead and box our cake to go.
We have the cake the next day, with our left over dinner, and I have to say, as light and fluffy as you think it will be because of the layers of mousse, it is a thick, dense cake with a thick chocolate frosting, and it is way too heavy for me to have more than a few bites. Gastric bypass aside, this is a heavy duty cake, but when you factor in the gastric bypass, this could be dumping on a plate. Take a bite to just satisfy your head hunger for the cake, but know that you aren’t missing anything by not being able to eat more than a taste.
Our second choice, which seems the least heavy of the bunch, is the spumoni. The Maggiano’s version of this Italian ice cream combination features chocolate, pistachio, and cherry ice cream that is cold, creamy, and delicious. There are chocolate pieces and dark sweet cherry pieces, although I would like to have seen a few more pistachios scattered in there. Jim, who says he isn’t going to have any dessert, actually jumps at the chance when the waiter offers to bring another bowl. Remember, this is all you want to eat. Next time, we might start with the spumoni.
I know a lot of post-ops struggle with ice cream, as many of us become lactose intolerant. I do fine with it, and I haven’t dumped on ice cream yet. This was a much better choice for me than the cake.
Wrap up coming up next!