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....