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One Great Dessert: The Purple Pig's Sfogliatelle Napoletane

By Chuck Sudo in Food on Jan 20, 2010 9:30PM

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One of the hottest restaurant openings in the past two months has been The Purple Pig. The comfort food palace, a collaboration between Heaven on Seven's Jimmy Bannos, his son Jimmy Bannos, Jr. and Scott Harris of the Francesca restaurant empire has drawn favorable receptions and packed tables since its opening. Steve Dolinsky wrote on his Vocalo blog that he hasn't been this excited about a restaurant opening since avec.

I'll have a review of The Purple Pig coming in the next week but wanted to whet your appetites a bit with this delectable dessert. This is The Purple Pig's take on the classic Italian dolci, Sfogliatelle Napoletane. This flaky pastry is filled with a rich semolina custard and dusted with powdered sugar and simply melted in my mouth.