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Having a hearty penchant for such desserts rather surprised I haven’t attempted to make a Torta Della Nonna myself. It’s a traditional Tuscan dessert that combines pastry, a light custard filling and toasted pine nuts where everyone’s Nonna makes a variation.

A rather splendid version was served at a little Chelsea-based Italian restaurant and accompanied the Nino Franco Cartizze Prosecco sublimely. Has to be one of the most perfect food/wine matches I’ve enjoyed. The steep Cartizze hill produces the ‘cru’ wines of Prosecco. Generally these are made with a higher sweetness and therefore perfect with lighter desserts. I have a feeling my Italian Carrot Cake would also make a sublime accompaniment.

Nino Franco Cartizze Prosecco is this weeks Sunday Wine Shot.

Nino Franco Cartizze Prosecco

Nino Franco Cartizze Prosecco

Torta Della Nonna

Torta Della Nonna

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  1. And thank you for this too.
    Have you ever visited the Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG area? And the Cartizze hill?
    Just let me know whenever you wish to have a tour around. It really worth… ;-)

    • I have indeed visited Valdobbiadene and the Cartizze Hill although the weather wasn’t that good at the time. It was also several years ago now so a return visit is way over due!

  2. Aaah – the lovely Nino Franco! I’ve only had the Rustico and can’t wait to try the Cartizze. Nice shot…

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