It’s been said that Italians have the world’s sweetest tooth. No excuse is needed to partake of dolce, whether it’s ice cream, chocolate, a slice of cake, or a confection packed with fruit and nuts. In Dolcissimo, Maxine Clark brings you a sweet tooth’s guide to all the best Italian sweet dishes. Included are recipes for sorbets and gelati, semifreddo and panna cotta, and other frozen or chilled desserts. Fruit desserts like Strawberries with Mascarpone Ice Cream take pride of place. Then there are the cakes—try Torta Caprese, a tempting chocolate cake—and traditional cookies, including Amaretti di Pinoli (crisp little cookies made with ground almonds and pine nuts). Tarts, one of Maxine’s specialties, and delicious candies round out the sweet feast.