My Favorite Desserts

As a food writer, I make it a point after every meal to never pass on dessert. Not because I’m a sugar hound, dying to gain massive amounts of weight and ruin my size 6 frame, but because I really believe dessert should be more then an afterthought. You may be wondering, how do I save room for dessert? Since gluttony is not my forte, I have no problem saving room for sweet delicacies I can feature on my blog.

Live a little and check out the photos I captured of the best gourmet desserts I’ve tasted recently that are really just too good to pass up!

Beeramisu at Bice Ristorante

Bice Ristorante’s Chef de Cuisine/Pastry Chef Francesca Penoncelli studied in Italy for five years at the culinary institute in Piedmont, spending every free moment in the kitchen. “Being a young lady in the culinary world isn’t easy, ” she says. “As a woman in Italy, in order to earn the respect and appreciation from the men, you must be better then them. For me, it means working hard alongside great, but tough chefs.” The menu at Bice features modern Italian cuisine, including unique recipes created through extensive research of the current trends. The foods served at Bice are a representation of Penoncelli‘s travels, her childhood, and her feelings.


If you’re looking for a unique farm to table experience in a high energy atmosphere where people are eating and talking loudly over ingenious food and drink prepared by an unassuming young chef, then the newly opened TRUST Restaurant in Hillcrest is the place for you.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Bar at Top Of The Market

A landmark waterfront restaurant since 1989, the newly remodeled Top of The Market is still recognized as the premier destination for fresh seafood, with San Diego bay views from Point Loma to the Coronado Bridge. “Everyone from the design team, including the kitchen equipment and woodworking crews did an amazing job,” says Executive Chef Stafford Mather. “Our director of operations Dwight Colton and The Fish Market’s kitchen manager Tony Alvarez were here throughout the entire remodel, making it all happen.”


Duke’s La Jolla is a 13,000 square foot restaurant that features two distinct dining areas and outdoor dining. Duke’s honors Duke Kahanamoku, a native Hawaiian, six-time Olympic swimming and water polo medalist and the father of modern day surfing. Guests will get a glimpse into the remarkable life of the restaurant’s namesake as well as tap into the La Jolla beach lifestyle. Pictures of Duke and Nadine Kahanamoku highlighting Duke’s remarkable life are on display along with artwork depicting the La Jolla beach lifestyle including “Dreaming” an image by photographer John Maher taken at Black’s Beach.

Panna Cotta at Monello

Created by a husband-and-wife team from Northern Italy, Guido Nistri and Valentina Di Pietro, with the support of Chef Fabrizio Cavallini, Monello offers a unique approach to Italian cooking. Combining their range of experiences from the restaurant business in Milano, Modena, San Diego, and New York, the philosophy at Monello is that food can be made simple and supremely delicious and that everything on the menu is prepared fresh and made to order. The owners’ unique approach to Italian cooking tradition offers handmade “home-style” dishes in an environment that reflects who they are—a young generation of Italians who celebrate their culinary heritage, presented in a modern, relaxed, and inviting kitchen-restaurant.

Pan Bon
Fritelle Carnivale at Pan Bon in Little Italy San Diego

Pan Bon’s euro-contemporary setting boasts high ceilings, an open floor plan and an elegant, yet simple design that welcomes visitors to enjoy a meal or a variety of grab-and-go options. Upstairs, a scenic mezzanine is available to host guests for private parties and intimate dining experiences. The demonstration kitchen is the true focal point in the restaurant, allowing diners to watch the chef bring his culinary masterpieces to life.

San Diego Food Finds Civico
Cannoli’s and Zeppoli at CIVICO 1845

Located at 1845 India Street, Civico 1845 is a contemporary Italian restaurant that features fresh flavors and revamped versions of Italian classics. The Gallos’ southern Italian roots serve as the inspiration for much of the restaurant, both in its cuisine and design.

©Written by Maria Desiderata Montana

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