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Aug 12, 2006 12:51 AM

Emporio Rulli mini report

I am off my Japanese jag but my OC mind has switched to Emporio Rulli. It started with the birthday of a co-worker. He doesn't like chocolate (freak!) so I picked up a raspberry Charlotte. Summer on a plate! Fresh raspberry mousse with perfect texture, not too sweet, tasting of pure berries, topped with fresh blueberries, raspberries, and a strawberry. Was torn between this and the Limoncello cake. If anyone has tried the Limoncello, could you comment on it? Thanks!

Next up, cream puffs and their Italian hot chocolate (I think they call it Il Doge). Cream puffs-vanilla and pistachio-were ok, nothing to write home about. I added a shot of espresso to my my hot chocolate and was about to forgo the whipped cream but was told by the barista that it really needed it. She was right: this is not sweet chocolate and it needed some sweetness. A bit thin. I quite liked it, a very grown-up drink, kids would probably find it too bitter.

My only quibble was that I had visions of the hot chocolates I had had in Italy-not very sweet but so thick you almost needed a spoon to drink. Like unset mousse or pudding or something. Boy would the Italians look at me cross-eyed when I ordered an espresso as well and dumped it in. But they had to admit it was good once they tried it.

Day 3: budino di riso. They were out of Torta della Nonna (have not had a good one in the US yet) so I went with another nostalgic treat. Budino di riso was one of the few things I would eat in the morning (more of a coffee and cig girl in the morning). I have to say, this was so close to my memory: the texture of the crust, the filling, etc. Only thing that would have made it better was firmer rice and perhaps more of it. But this was the closest I have come to a pastry here that reminded me of Italy.

We'll see what day 4 brings....

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  1. I cannot ever go to Rulli without ordering their miniature fruit tartlets. They are adorable and delicious!

    1. Amaretti are my favorite treat at Rulli.

      1. why don't they have sfogliatelle? Authentic ones?

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        1. re: lintygmom

          Rulli's focused on northern Italian.

          1. re: niki rothman

            Gee , I could be wrong but my budino was less than $2. I believe you when you say the baba sucked, more of a French thing, non?

            For the record, budino di riso is pretty darn low-brow. Don't expect to being stars unless it is a nostalgic taste for you.

            Edit: ok, the above made sense when the post I was replying to still existed. Now moved to below; see niki's response below.

            1. re: chaddict

              Hi CH addict! What I really want to hear about is your Japanese taste test. Was there a ch thread? Date?Conclusions? Mifune is still my fave.

          2. re: lintygmom

            No. But the bakery closest to Osteria del Forno on Columbus has the stru-ya-del.

            But, do you think, ounce for ounce, E.R's pastries are more expensive than I hate to be the party pooper among the ultra-expensive pastry lovers, but I mortgaged the house, splurged on their tiny baba au something, took one bite and spit it out into a quickly grabbed fancy Emporio Rulli napkin. No rum, no vanilla. It was redolent of...sugar water.

            1. re: niki rothman

              No kidding, the cookies are something like $20 per pound, so not an every day splurge. But the amaretti, made with ground apricot kernels as the secret ingredient I'm told, have an uncommon richness of flavor and are worth it once in a while. At a Slow Food event, I embarassed myself by returning to Rulli's cookie table too many times to say. (g)

              1. re: niki rothman

                Yeah, not everything is worth it at Rulli, but what they do well, they do exceptionally. Like Melanie said, some of those little cookies are just amazing. I have an old post floating around saying what is good and not.

                Some of the pannetoni is excellent, some only ok.

                The cannoli suck.

                And I so agree that those budino de riso are the one thing I would definately order again and again. Don't let anyone tell you that Frog Hollow makes a good budino de riso ... yuck.

                I would love to hear some more about the cakes though. They always sound so great. There's a Chowdown for you ... one long table with one of every of the Rullu cakes ... followed by a month of coming off a sugar-high.

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              1. About the hot chocolate ... did you order their regular hot chocolate or the thick (expensive) version on the dessert menu?

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                1. re: rworange

                  Well, I am guessing their "thick" version but if that is their idea of thick....

                  I also don't like their fruit tartlets which someone above favors. But I am so down with the two cakes I have tried so far. I am so going to sample the limoncello next.

                  1. re: chaddict

                    Was the hot chocolate $7? If not, you didn't have the thick version.

                    1. re: rworange

                      No way was it $7 but now you have me curious. I'll try it Monday and report back (but $7? what the hell?). I really want to see if it is like Italian hot chocolate. But even at a crappy exchange rate, it wasn't ever $7. OK, maybe at Florian..

                      1. re: chaddict

                        Last time I had it, it was only on the dessert menu at dinner time.