For some reason, the bread and pastries I had encountered in Italy were all disappointing. They were roughly made...think fake croissants for breakfast--tasteless white bread shaped to pass for croissants. I preferred to bypass any baked goods and go straight for gelato. In the states, I never thought about ordering Italian bread or pastries because the ones in Italy brought back such bad memories. This isn't my final judgment against Italian baked goods; I'm sure I just happened to go to the wrong places and I don't want to affirm my bad experiences with an American take on Italian sweets.
We first pigged out on Enoteca goodies while watching Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. Elisabeth brought over a Raspberry Napoleon, Chocolate Cake, Cheesecake, and a Pistachio Cannolo. Every concoction was delectable, especially the raspberry Napoleon. The puff pastry on the Napoleon was perfectly flakey, airy, and non-greasy. The tartness of the raspberries worked well with the cream. These four samples won me over. Thank you, Elisabeth!
Raspberry Napoleon and Chocolate Cake
Cheesecake and Pistachio Cannolo
I went to Enoteca for more Napoleons one day, and found that they switched out the raspberries for apples! The fruit really determines the taste of this dessert. While still quite tasty, the apples made this Napoleon quite homely. I prefer the lightness and refinement of the raspberries.
Behold other Enoteca treats:
Blood Orange Tart and Peaches and Cream Cake
Blueberry Tart and Lemon Panna Cotta