On a recent visit to Rome, Tammy Giuliani, owner of Stella Luna gelateria in Old Ottawa South, noticed pretty semifreddo cakes all over town.
Not being a fan of the mousse-like texture of the popular semi-frozen desserts, she dreamed up the idea of making beautiful pint-sized cakes with a pair of complementary gelato flavours, say chocolate and roasted almond.
She puts a ¼-inch sponge cake at the bottom to hold the dessert together and catch drips, but otherwise it’s solid gelato dressed up to look like a romantic little ribbon-wrapped jewel. The smallest one is the perfect dose of sweetness for two people to share at the end of a meal.
A few choices are on display in the shop each day, but special flavour requests make these as customizable as they are adorable.
Cost: $8.50-$15, varies by size.
Stella Luna Gelato Café, 1103 Bank St., 613-523-1116.