Cannoli, Tiramisu, Biscotti – Oh My! Italian Desserts in La Grange, IL

Are you hosting a meal or cooking for a date and looking to impress? End your dinner with any of these essential Italian desserts to add a sweet grand finale to your meal!


Originating from Sicily, these scrumptious, tubular desserts are a classic in the Italian food repertoire. They’re made of lightly fried, crispy pastry dough, used as a shell that’s rolled around a custard filling and topped with nuts, chocolate shavings, dustings powdered sugar, or all of the above! They’re served chilled so the custard retains its shape and are best eaten with coffee or an Italian dessert wine.

Cannoli from La Buona Vita

If you’re looking for a delicious dessert that’s relatively easy to prepare, look no further. You’ll have guests saying, “leave the entree, take the cannoli.”


Literally translating to “pick me up” or “cheer me up”, this elegant staple Italian dessert is coffee-flavored, light and delicious. It’s a type of cake that’s composed of layered custard and ladyfinger biscuits that have been dipped in a strong coffee or espresso and topped with cocoa powder.

Tiramisu from La Buona Vita

It’s simple to make, but be sure to make it early in the day before you make dinner — tiramisu needs to chill in the refrigerator for around 6 hours before serving. It makes for a delectable sweetness after a hearty meal, bringing a satisfying close to your dinner.


Biscotti - Italian Baked GoodBiscotti are hard, sweet and dry almond-studded biscuits that are traditionally served with Vin Santo, an Italian dessert wine, into which the biscotti are dipped. However in places outside of Italy, particularly in the US, they are often served with coffee.

Fun fact: “biscotti” is actually the plural form of “biscotto”, which originates from the Latin term “biscoctus”, meaning “twice-cooked”. This is why biscotti are so hard and dry, making them perfect for dipping; they are, quite literally, baked twice. If you’re not looking for a filling dessert, biscotti are perfect — they’re light and delicious, giving a taste of post-meal sweetness to conclude a fine dining experience.


Before you continue: it’s not the same as ice cream, even though it’s very similar.

There. Now, we may proceed. Gelato is creamier, smoother and far denser than typical American ice cream. It doesn’t contain as much fat, egg yolks are not used and it’s served at a slightly warmer temperature than ice cream. It’s created in a similar way to ice cream, though it’s churned much slower to allow more air to escape, giving it the thick and dense quality.

On the hunt for additional Italian dessert ideas? Check out our dessert menu at La Buona Vita! it’ll make you want to stop in and try one today!

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