Cheesecake has been my favorite dessert since I can remember. I’d always leaned toward New York Style cheesecake as a child, but when I reached adulthood I discovered the deliciousness of Italian Cheesecake. The difference is in the ricotta cheese.
I think the first time I tried and loved this yummy dessert was when I was in Atlantic City on business and my colleagues and I dined at the famed Chef Vola restaurant. This is the same restaurant that served Frank Sinatra his favorite Banana Cream Pie in his day. And yes, we tried that too and it was delicious. Unfortunately, I don’t have that recipe. Yet.
For some reason, I don’t remember my grandmother making this dessert though I’m sure she did because she loved cheesecake as much as me. My neighbor was making her Grandma’s Italian Cheesecake almost every time she had us over or when we invited them for dinner and I finally asked for the recipe.
Because this is such a large and rich dessert, I make it only when I’m having a bunch of guests over for dinner parties and holiday dinners. Otherwise it would be dangerous just sitting there in my fridge ready for the eating.