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Aug 8, 2010 11:40 AM

Italian desserts in OC

I'm reading Gina De Palma's cookbook, Dolce Italiano, about the desserts they serve at Babbo, and I've got a real hankering to try out and learn more about Italian desserts. But, since I'm incapable of baking, I turn to you, fellow chowhounders, about where to go to satisfy this craving.

What are your favorites and recommendations for Italian desserts, either from an Italian bakery or Italian restaurant, in OC? Who has the best cannolis, best tiramasu, best Italian cookies, best regional Italian desserts, etc?

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  1. There's Claro's Italian Market for a variety of Italian desserts.

    For Tiramisu in OC, I like Sabatino's in Newport with a side of Ghirardelli's chocolate sauce and also Panini Cafe.

    251 Shipyard Way, Newport Beach, CA 92663

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    1. re: JAB

      Any specific recs for Italian desserts from Claro's? I've been there a couple of times, and they have a myriad of desserts.

      I like their cannolis but I don't know how much of it is their quality and how much of it is my limited experience with cannolis. Even a average french fry is still going to be pretty good.

    2. Best Cannoli I've had: Roman Cucina in Fullerton.

      Roman Cucina
      211 N Harbor Blvd, Fullerton, CA 92832

      1. Pizzeria Ortica has solid desserts. Their pizza gets mixed (and sometimes heated) reviews, but I like them FWIW.

        Pizzeria Ortica
        650 Anton Boulevard, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

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        1. re: OCAnn

          Here we disagree, Ann, unless by "solid" you mean "attractive and competently made but unexciting." I've been to Ortica twice in the last few weeks and the appetizers, pasta, and pizzas have been very-good-to-outstanding to this Italian boy's taste. But so far I've found the desserts -- a chocolate/caramel budino this evening -- merely competent. I'll say more in another couple of weeks when I post comparing Pizzeria Ortica, Il Dolce, and Pizza e Vino (after visiting each at least three times).

          1. re: hnsbmg

            You got me there; I thought the budino was just okay too and preferred their ricotta al forno and Babà al rhum.

            1. re: OCAnn

              Thanks for the suggestion. I have my eye on the Babà al rhum for next time. If Gail Silverton had a Gelato Bar location nearby, her affogato with veneziana gelato would be the perfect closer.

        2. Hobbess,

          The best Tiramisu I have had, by far, is at Mangia Mangia in Huntington Beach.

          It is located at the Southwest Corner of the Goldenwest / Edinger intersection.

          Good luck!


          1. Try the tiramisu at Spasso's in Laguna Hills (near La Paz Rd) - VERY good.

            La Paz Restaurant
            4505 Las Virgenes Rd Ste 101, Calabasas, CA 91302