Italy is home to many fantastic dishes, from pizza and pasta to all sorts of desserts.
This includes the popular pizza Margherita, spaghetti, lasagna, ice cream, and so on.
But have you ever tried panna cotta? If not, no worries, we're here to tell you all about it and show you where to find some near you. So, buckle up, you're in for a ride to deliciousness.
Panna cotta is an Italian dessert made of cream, sugar, and gelatin. In fact, the name itself means - cooked cream. It is very popular in Italy and considered a traditional food.
The cooking process includes heating up the cream and then adding the gelatin to it. In addition, ingredients like vanilla and coffee are also added for flavor. This whole mixture is then put into molds and left to cool.
Once it's cold, the panna cotta is ready to be served. Typically, fruits as well as a chocolate or caramel sauce are put on top.
This results in a kind of pudding that tastes really creamy and soft. It also looks quite fancy despite its relatively simple preparation. But more importantly, it's a delightful dessert that you can have at any time during any season.
Despite its popularity in Italy and being cited as a classic dessert, panna cotta wasn't officially referenced until the 1960s.
Still, the story goes that a lady first created it at the start of the 1900s. This took place in Piedmont which is consequently considered the birthplace of this special pudding.
A similar dish called "latte inglese" or English milk was mentioned a little earlier than that, in 1879. However, that one apparently had other ingredients as well, and not just cream and gelatin.
What was closer to the modern version is that of Antonin Carême, a French. The only difference in his panna cotta recipe is that the cream was partially whipped. This makes him a potential candidate for the inventor of this popular Italian dessert.
In 2001, panna cotta was added to the list of traditional foods from Piedmont, Italy.
Their official recipe includes the aforementioned ingredients cream, milk, sugar, vanilla, and gelatin, but also rum and marsala. And the mold should also come with caramel.
As for America, this dessert became prominent back in the 1990s.
The absence of early cookbook references suggests that panna cotta was a people's food that stayed out of the limelight. But given its incredible taste, it is no wonder that it eventually spread worldwide.
In a serving of one cup or 244g, the number of panna cotta calories is around 780.
This includes 68g of total fat or 87% of the daily value based on a 2000-calorie diet.
Additionally, there are 254mg of cholesterol (85%), 86mg of sodium (4%), 38g of total carbohydrates (14%), 183mg of potassium (4%), and 5.6g of protein.
As promised, we'll help you get this awesome delicacy because, by now, you probably can't wait to try it.
Well, for those of you in New York, we recommend Bar 314 on Broadway. They're open 7 days a week, offer takeout and delivery, and you even save 5% on every online order via Slice!
Or another great choice, also in NYC, is Double Zero. You can find them on 2nd Ave, and visit them any day of the week. Plus, they have pickup and delivery and also offer 10% off for all online orders through the Slice app.