Nestled in the corner of a strip mall on 99th Ave and West Bell Road lies an Italian restaurant that’s extremely popular with the locals: Dominic’s Italian Bistro. I’ve driven past it hundreds of times without noticing it, but one day a friend told me that I just “have to go there”, so I did. And I’m glad I did because they have an awesome dessert.
Italian Cheesecake with Mango-Amaretto Sauce. Woo hoo! That Mango- Amaretto sauce is outstanding!
The sauce has an interesting “layered” effect: the first taste you experience is the mangoes, followed by the almond flavor of the Amaretto. The tanginess of the mangoes is balanced by the sweetness of the Amaretto to create a wonderfully flavorful dessert topping. Debbie, the co-owner of Dominic’s, makes the sauce herself. She purees fresh mangoes, and then sautés them with butter and Amaretto just long enough to bring all the flavors together. It’s all wrapped together with a slight hint of caramel without being overly sweet. In other words, it’s just what I like.
Real Italian Cheesecake
The cheesecake is excellent, too. It’s light and flavorful, and not heavy like some cheesecakes can be. When I asked Debbie about it she told me that it was “real Italian” cheesecake: there is no cream cheese in it. It’s a combination of three sweet Italian cheeses including Mascarpone and Ricotta. It’s delicious!
Debbie and her husband Dominic have been at this location for four years, and in the restaurant business since 1962. The bistro is warm and inviting; the walls inside are adorned with photos of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and many sports heroes. The décor gives you the feeling of being in old Italy, from the checkerboard tablecloths to the small lamps on each table. Dominic and Debbie are there every night they’re open and their kids and grandkids help with the tables and kitchen duties. The food is excellent; pizza, pasta, antipasto, and especially, desserts.
Here’s their website: http://dominicsbistro.com/
The next time you’d like a real Italian dessert, visit Dominic’s. And be sure to ask for the Mango-Amaretto sauce!
...and well deserved!