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In our opinion, the perfect authentic Italian meal should end with at least a few bites of a sweet treat. There may actually be scientific reasons why we prefer ending our meals with dessert, even when we feel full, according to experts. Yes, “dessert stomach” is real! Here at Mario’s Pizza, we offer a delicious selection of desserts, including our limoncello mascarpone cake. Try a slice today after enjoying our Brooklyn-style pizza or one of our pasta dishes.
Every Italian family has their own secret recipes for this kind of cake, but the two things that they all have in common are right in the name: limoncello and mascarpone.
Limoncello is a lemon-flavored liqueur. Most people believe limoncello was first made in Sicily or along the Amalfi coast. Although the exact birthplace of this type of alcohol is disputed, one thing is certain: it is Italian through and through! Many Italian families make their own limocello, but you can also find it sold commercially. Traditionally, you would drink limoncello at the end of a meal as a digestif.
Mascarpone is another authentic Italian ingredient. It is similar to cream cheese, and is often called “Italian cream cheese,” but it has a much higher fat content which gives it more of a buttery texture and taste. Mascarpone also doesn’t have the tangy bite you get with American cream cheese. If you’ve ever had tiramisu, mascarpone features heavily in that dessert. (And if you’ve never tried tiramisu, we have it by the slice as well!)
With limoncello mascarpone cake, these two Italian ingredients are the stars of the show. Our version has layers of lemon infused sponge cake and thick mascarpone filling. We top it with curls of European white chocolate for a decadent finishing touch.
Of course it’s completely possible to make a limoncello and mascarpone cake at home. However, there are a number of reasons why it makes sense to order a slice from Mario’s Pizza instead:
Keep in mind that we’ll take care of dinner too while we’re at it. While you can simply order desserts from Mario’s, we also have a menu filled with Italian dishes and our famous New York style pizza, calzones, subs and salads. We’d love to take care of dinner for you.
If limoncello mascarpone cake isn’t your cup of tea, don’t worry; we have several other dessert options. There’s something for everyone on our menu!
First, as mentioned, we have an authentic tiramisu that’s the perfect level of sweetness. This dessert has coffee-soaked ladyfingers and layers of a sweet mascarpone cream, all topped with cocoa. Tiramisu is a good option if you find most desserts “too sweet” and want a milder option to end your meal.
Next, we highly recommend an order of cannoli. With this dessert, you get fried pastry tubes filled with a sweet ricotta cream and miniature chocolate chips. The texture of the fried cannoli pastry gives you a perfect crunch that you don’t get with other Italian desserts.
Last but not least, our dessert menu wouldn’t be complete without cheesecake. We serve our cheesecake without toppings, but it is anything but plain. This is a traditional New York style cheesecake, so the filling is thick and creamy with just a hint of tang.
When you want to order dessert online or at one of our locations throughout the Triad, our staff members would be happy to make recommendations or otherwise answer any questions you have about our desserts. Here are a few common questions we hear:
We don’t expect you to have a perfect Italian accent! Pronounce the c in the word limoncello like a ch, so it’s lee-mon-chell-o. Folks often mispronounce mascarpone as mars-ca-pone, but in reality, it is mas-car-poe-nay. Again, we don’t expect your pronunciation to be perfect. Our staff will know what you are talking about.
We sell our limoncello cake by the slice. However, if you are interested in multiple slices or even a full cake, give your nearest location a call in Winston-Salem, Clemmons, High Point or Greensboro. We will do our best to accommodate you. We work hard to fill our customers’ requests!
Yes! With our rewards program, you can earn points with every purchase, even if you are just stopping in for some coffee and dessert. Signing up is easy. Simply download our app on iPhone or Android or tell a member of our staff that you’d like to sign up in person at our restaurant using your phone number. We hope you stop by soon for a slice of limoncello mascarpone cake or another of our delicious Italian desserts.
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