the best dessert I’ve ever had in my life.

Last week, Nick took me to dinner at Osteria for my birthday. It was a little splurge-y for us considering that we don’t eat out too much these days and when we do, we never get appetizers, dessert, or more than a drink each… so it was a treat to try someplace new (to us) and indulge a bit.

I requested Osteria because I have heard amazing things about their pizza, including Marc Summers (yes, that Marc Summers) naming Osteria’s Margherita the best pizza he’s ever eaten. That’s what I ordered, and it did not disappoint (although I still can’t claim it’s the very best I’ve ever had… I’ve had some good pizza in my day, folks).

Osteria did surprise me with the best dessert I’ve ever had, though. I ordered the sweet ricotta frittelle with raspberry curd, and I’m still a little bitter that I let Nick have any. I have never met a dessert I didn’t like, but this was eye-closing, yummy-noise-making good. Frittelle are basically little deep-fried fritters that look like donut holes, but they are supremely more awesome than any Munchkin I’ve ever had. The raspberry curd was the perfect accent to the sweet ricotta, and I’m pretty sure I was scraping it up off the plate so I didn’t miss any.

not Osteria’s frittelle; image source

They sound simple, but believe me, they were pure heaven. If you’re ever in the area of Osteria, try this dessert and tell me if you like it!

What’s the best dessert you’ve ever had?


  1. Give me a real, non-half-assed creme brulee – the kind with vanilla seeds on the bottom, the top crackling, fresh from being bruleed – and I will follow you to the ends of the earth!

  2. Haha, I saw that same episode of “The Best Thing I Ever Ate” and immediately called my husband and told him he better take me to Osteria… but I haven’t been up to Philly to visit him since then!

  3. Oh my goodness, I think I’m going to have to try that! My favorite dessert ever was a maple and marscarpone cheesecake from Babbo :)

  4. Ah, we’ll have to hit up Osteria soon! We’re planning to go to Vetri for our anniversary and I’m beyond belief excited.

    I’m not really a dessert girl, but give me a cheese plate and I’m a happy camper.

  5. Mmm that pizza looks delish. I haven’t had authentic, delicious pizza in a long time. I want.

    I think the best dessert I’ve ever had is definitely the tiramisu at the restaurant where Justin and I frequent (also where we had our first date, and got engaged). It is the most light, airy, and decadent dessert ever. I dream about it.

  6. The Diablo at Tango in Seattle. I took the description straight from their website.

    “Bittersweet cube of sinfully rich dark chocolate graced with cayenne, spicy almonds, cocoa nibs and burnt meringue
    finished with a tequila caramel sauce.”

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