[Photograph: Kathy YL Chan]
Zuppa Inglese ($10) is the newest dessert at Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria. Candied kumquats top a jar filled high with a custardy mascarpone mousse that’s rich with yolk flavor and just sweet enough.
Dig in…and what are those cake pieces? Brown butter cake! Little golden nuggets, fluffy with a haunting finish. It’s enough to add a necessary flavor dimension, though never draw attention far from that that mousse.
P.S. Get a slice of this chocolate cake to-go on the way out. They keep it at the pastry counter (near these goodies) and slice the cake to order. It’s a classic chocolate cake iced over in ganache. It’s topped with cacao nibs and makes for a fine breakfast.
Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria
About the author: Originally from Honolulu, Kathy YL Chan blogs at Kathy YL Chan, where she chronicles her eats and travel adventures between Hawai’i, New York and beyond. She firmly believes that there is always room for dessert.