East Bay, California
Sophia’s Cucina & Enoteca
Pastry chef Megan Barnes delivers with an absolutely sensational limoncello cheesecake. The individual round is circled with a triple spiral of glistening tart sauce topped with a trio of Italian wedding cookie nuggets dusted with powdered sugar. The bottom crust provides welcome crunch and the lemon flavors are intense, even explosive. The piped cream, topped with a white chocolate cigarette balancing a fresh strawberry wedge, is light and pure. sophiascucina.com
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