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A Sweet Italian Classic for Your Valentine

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A Sweet Italian Classic for Your Valentine
Italian Budino from Indaco in Charleston, South Carolina. Photo by Callie Cranford

Whoever said the way to a person’s heart is through their stomach was on to something. Cap off your Valentine’s Day dinner with an Italian classic sure to make your sweetie swoon. Indaco in Charleston, South Carolina specializes in rustic Italian food, and with a wood-fired pizza oven, handmade pastas and Negroni cocktails on tap, they do Italian very well. Executive Chef Michael Perez injects creativity and impeccable technique into his cooking, and so when we asked him for a dessert worthy of such a romantic occasion, he delivered.

A Budino is an Italian custard usually cooked on the stove, not baked, and thickened with eggs and a starch like flour or cornstarch. Chef Getzewich’s adds a bit of almond to the mix and pairs it with a crunchy chocolate shortbread cookie. This Italian sweet can be made ahead of time, and is easy to prepare, but so delicious that your Valentine will never know. Indaco Wine Director Vonda Freeman recommends pairing the Almond Budino with a glass of 2009 Maculan Torcolato, an Italian dessert wine.

Almond Budino with Chocolate Shortbread
From Executive Chef Michael Perez of Indaco in Charleston, South Carolina