Last week, a coworker mentioned going to Alesci's, an Italian grocery store, for fresh ricotta instead of purchasing paneer. At $3.00/lb, that's quite a bit of a price difference, where we have paid $8.00 for ~1/4 lb of paneer. The cost of ricotta is near the cost of making paneer at home.
Instead of buying the ricotta, we bought a slice of two-topping pizza ($3.25) and a piece of tiramisu ($3.99) to share for dinner. Three bites of the pizza was enough for me. While this may be authentic pizza, I do not feel the need to buy another slice, not because it had been sitting on the counter for some time, super doughy and weepy crusts are not my preference.
My feelings toward the tiramisu is quite the opposite. In one bite, the rich coffee-laden ladyfingers, sweet eggy mascarpone, and the mildly bitter dusting of cocoa were an orchestral delight. This may or may not be the ideal tiramisu, but I would serenade for more if it didn't sound like someone strangling a cat.
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