Flavor Trends, Strategies and Solutions for Menu Development




By Flavor & The Menu
May 6, 2021


Omar Sharifi

Omar Sharifi

Omar Sharifi, Manager of Café Intermezzo’s Epic Bakery describes the White Chocolate Amaretto Cheesecake as a “timeless indulgence.” It’s a menu mainstay at this chain of European-style coffeehouses, a destination designed to slow down time, encouraging guests to linger over a morning pastry, afternoon torte or a late-night snack with a glass of wine.

The decadent dessert features a sublime layering of almond flavor: an almond-graham cracker crust is filled with a rich almond-infused cheesecake. It’s topped with whipped cream and shaved premium white chocolate curls. “The delicate flavor profile is outstanding, and the presentation in the cake display case, as well as on the plate, is simply elegant,” says Sharifi. “This is one of our permanent cheesecakes. It is part of the foundation of our pastry selection and an everyday favorite. It can be enjoyed just as much at home as in our café. It’s takeout friendly and can be purchased online as a whole cheesecake.”

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