Lately, I've been craving sweets like crazy. It's not exactly good for the waistline and (I think) I've finally got a handle on it. But that didn't stop me from enjoying this delicious chocolate mousse cake and cappuccino from Café Vittoria on Saturday. The girls spent the weekend together in Boston and David and I came down to take them to the North End. Can you tell we're a chocolate family? David had a mocha, Kate had hot chocolate, and Amanda indulged in the gelato—chocolate, of course.
If that wasn't enough, we went up the street to Mike's Pastry to get the girls a few snacks for the rest of the weekend. Known for their cannoli and other Italian pastries, the girls opted for the whoopie pies—a New England classic that consists of two rounded chocolate cakes sandwiched together with thick, sweet cream. If you can't get to the North End, make them yourself from a couple of recipes found here and here.
It's not unusual for the line to stretch down the block, so when we arrived, we we're happy we didn't have to wait too long.
Things go fast! Especially the cannoli. When you walk up to the counter you'd better know what you want, because if you don't speak up, the person behind you will. Balls of string hang from the ceiling so once you're goodies are boxed, the servers can tie them up in a flash. It's pretty amazing to watch.
You must come visit. Here are a few more reasons why you should.
P.S. You may also like Yes, I'll Have a Bowl of Chocolate Please! and Lemon Cake with Raspberry Sauce.