Fran and I had a delightful dinner tonight in one of our favorite neighborhood restaurants, a lovely little Italian place called Tartufo. We had this yummy appetizer of crostini with blue cheese and peaches that was warm. Mmmm. Then we each had pastas, mine was a pasta with peppers and artichokes and shrimp. I forget what Fran's was but she said to the owner "I'm trying to decide between pasta A and pasta B" and he said "why don't we give you half and half?" or something like that so she got a sampler plate! But this was the delightful part we shared for dessert - a Tartufo, a ball of ice cream, vanilla in the middle, chocolate around that, rolled in this hazelnut coating that was soooo good! We went home very happy.
Before I saw this email, I was talking on the phone with Mary and when she got to dessert, I said, "Oh I love tartufo" and I could tell she was suprised. She said, "I didn't know tartufo was a thing" and I said yes. But the tartufo I've had has usually had a smooth coating of chocolate on the outside, then it's cut into four pieces and typically there is either a cherry or a pistachio nut in the center. Really good! Mary's looks really good too.