OhmyGaaawd. Are you kidding me? I'm swooning, buzzing, flushing and all around basking in the glow of my first Budino experience at the famed Italian restaurant, MOZZA, off Highland and Melrose.
What is Budino, you wonder? Great question. Budino is the Italian word for pudding. Alas, it's not just any pudding! It's Italian, velvety pudding with fresh cream, dynamic flavors and surely, a dash of aphrodisiac-dust.
Mozza's budino starts with a feathery smooth butterscotch pudding that's slightly burnt in flavor for a scarcely bitter touch that gets counteracted by a top layer of sweet, buttery caramel sauce, so fresh you can detect every simple and natural ingredient in it. A sprinkle of Maldon sea salt adds further dimension for a trio of bitter, sweet, and salty tastes. Finally, a dallop of creme fresh helps calm the bold flavors below it, and together the layers perfectly harmonize like Pavarotti and Friends at the Vatican.
But we are not done! No my friends, the genius chef at Mozza accompanies this dessert with delicious rosemary pine nut cookies. I thought these were little random and quixotic afterthoughts, until the waiter instructed me to eat them with a spoonful of pudding. Holy Halelluja! These shortbread cookies escalate the experiences from a 5-Cherry one to a Golden Cherry event.
Wooowee, I'm a little excited here. Add a bottle of wine and a hot date with this budino and you'd be in for one special night!
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Stay tuned to see my upcoming thoughts on Mozza's Olive Oil gelato!