Holiday Season Means Dessert Season!

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One of the most favorite things to look forward to during the holiday season is gathering and enjoying homemade food with the family. But we are not just talking about the big holiday dinner. Instead, we are going straight to the desserts. At Piccola Italia, not only do we serve some of the best food in Manchester, NH, we have some of the best dessert items too! 


Here are some of the best Italian desserts to enjoy during the holiday season!



Possibly one of the best-known, most requested Italian desserts is the cannoli. Originated in the Sicilian region of Italy, this versatile dessert is perfect for a single craving or when it comes to feeding a crowd. 

If (for some reason) you’re not familiar with the cannoli, it’s a tube-shaped pastry shell stuffed with a ricotta and sugar mixture. However, depending on the chef, the cannoli can take on many different flavors with the addition of ingredients such as cocoa, coffee, chocolate chips, pistachios, and more.


Panna Cotta

Panna cotta is a gelatin-like dessert made with sweetened, thickened cream. Like the cannoli, panna cotta can be topped with many different flavors. Some of the most popular flavors include blackberries, blueberries, oranges, raspberries, and lemon. 


At Piccola, we top our classic panna cotta with strawberries and other delectable, fresh berries. 



Next on the list of popular Italian desserts is tiramisu! Served in a similar fashion as cake, tiramisu differentiates itself in ingredients and cooking methods. For instance, did you know that this highly sought after dessert is not baked? It’s true!

The layers of sponge cake, soaked in amaretto, coffee liquor, or Madeira wine make the perfect compliment to the mascarpone cream and layer of cocoa powder placed on top. If you’re not a fan of incorporating liquor into your dessert, try gently baking or using flavoring instead.


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Tiramisu – Classical Dessert with Cinnamon and Coffee. Garnished with Strawberry and Mint

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At Piccola Italia, we have been known as the king of the hill for over 15 years. Combining the authentic flavors of Italy with the fine dining experience of Boston’s North End, at Piccola, everyone is family.  


This holiday season, experience some of the best food in Manchester right downtown! From the ultimate selection of desserts to the most authentic traditional dishes, every dish we create is carefully made to order. Holiday planning? Even better! Did you know that Piccola also offers catering? 


Reserve a table today or call us at (603) 606-5100 to learn more about how our family can make your holiday season one of the best!


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