Buffalo Ricotta with Honey at Due Forni

“Save room for dessert” is all too often wasted on dry cheesecake and reheated molten lava cakes. This departure is a healthy scoop of creamy, sweet, imported Italian buffalo milk ricotta cheese. It’s whipped, chilled and served drizzled with locally sourced organic honey and sprinkled with toasted pistachio nuts. The final effect is both smooth and crunchy, sweet and savory and just a little sour, not unlike Greek yogurt. And just 300 calories! Enjoyed with an espresso, a partner in crime and two spoons, this is a dessert to share and discuss as you finish up a great Italian meal. $6.95, 3555 S. Town Center Dr., Suite 105, 586-6500, DueForni.com.

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Presented to each table, the salt selection is an added touch that helps the popular local joint stand out. The most noticeable is the gray Salish salt imported from Washington state; the smokey flavor complements grilled meat. The Murray River Australian pink salt is light and buttery and performs best sprinkled on fish and vegetables. The most traditional of the trio is the all-natural Maldon white salt from Essex, England. Complimentary, 1031 S Rampart Blvd., 940-6672, NorasWineBar.com.