Last weekend's holiday parties offered up the chance to try a variety of treats from Emporio Rulli. I loved both the Milanese and Genovese panettone. The Genovese is compact and dense with a variety of dried fruits, very different from the almond-crusted airy and eggy MIlanese. The panforte is softer and more sticky than the ones I've had from Siena, but it was easier to cut this way. Also liked the polenta cake too.
A giant ricotta mold was special ordered from Cowgirl Creamery. It was beautiful adorned with pomegranate seeds atop for color and sliced autumnal fruits at the base. This was served with a pot of honey.
Had the chance to try a couple fresh high quality nigori sakes too purchased from True Sake on Hayes St. But unfortunately, didn't keep track of the producers. The sweeter one was almost a good match with the Milanese panettone. The dryer one was very good with the ham and biscuits on the buffet table.