The next thing on your food bucket list

Mille sfoglia (sourced from Google)Saluti amici! 

I’m really excited because this is my first food-related blogpost, and if you didn’t already gather from my “about me” ramblings, I am a huge foodie and lover of anything Italian.

So which delectable food warrants first place on my blog? Rullo di tamburo per favore… (Drum roll please…)

I’m talking about mille sfoglia cake of course! Say what? Mee-leh sfo-liah (don’t pronounce the ‘g’) The name translates from Italian to English to mean “thousand layers”, and rightly so.

Mille sfoglia is a dolce (italian for ‘sweet’ or ‘dessert’) with layers and layers of light puff pastry soaked in liqueurs and filled with vanilla bean cream. A better-known name for the cake is the French term “mille-feuille” which also translated similarly, to “thousand leaves”.

Now, don’t let anyone tell you this is just another vanilla slice. Because, well, it most definitely is not. If you go into any pasticceria specialising in Italian dolci, you must try and see for yourself. The mille sfoglia will not disappoint and will definitely top any average vanilla slice you’ve ever eaten before. Trust me- if it’s not Italian (okay, or French) you will definitely taste the difference. Less layers, different texture, the vanilla cream just not as luscious and tasty, and most likely lacking the European touch of the liquer-soaked pastry.

Mille sfoglia. Image from the Criniti's website
Mille sfoglia. Image from the Criniti’s website

So, where do I find this mouth-watering, dessert of divinity? Most Italian, French or European-influenced pastry shops or even delicatessens will have mille sfoglia on display. But the best I have had- yes, the best, is the mille sfoglia cake from the Criniti’s PasticceriaI ordered mine from the Criniti’s restaurant in Darling Harbour in Sydney, but there are also Criniti’s restaurants in Woolloomooloo, Manly, Parramatta and Castle Hill.

What’s great is that the Pasticceria of Criniti’s is separate to the actual restaurant, so you simply go online and order the cake for pick-up or even delivery (does incur a fee and only to Sydney and metropolitan areas) if eating out doesn’t suit you. A huge mille sfoglia cake will only cost you $49.

I’d definitely recommend it for your next birthday party, or even just because.

Non si vive per mangiare ma si mangia per vivere.
One doesn’t live to eat, but eats to live.

Have you tried mille sfoglia? What do you think?

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