The olive oil cake is the ultimate in Italian desserts.
TRUTH? FOR A FOODIE'S PARADISE, ITALY is surprisingly lacking when it comes to dessert. Pannacotta—meh. Tiramisu? Maybe when Wham! gets back together. That’s why this little beauty of an olive oil cake ($12) from Cibo’s sous-chef Colin Woods is such a wonder. It takes all the things that are great about Italian cuisine—simplicity, unfussiness—and combines them for the perfect end to the meal. And despite its name, the olive oil serves more to provide moistness than earthy avour. The fact that it’s topped o with a nutty pistachio ice cream is proof we’re not immune to the charms of a dollop of sweetness, judiciously applied. 900 Seymour St., cibotrattoria.com