March 1, 2015 |

Decadent Desserts

By Jeremy White

warm chocolate cakes with fresh fruit dessert

Warm Chocolate Cakes with Fresh Fruit

Tempt your customers with sweet dessert offerings

Desserts can be a tough sell in a pizzeria. After a customer has filling breadsticks, pizza and beer or soda, there’s often no room left for a sweet treat. Perhaps that’s why lemon sorbet or melt-in-your mouth gelato are appealing options to Italians.

But the fact remains, nonetheless, that American culture is an indulgent one. And that’s why a handful of dessert offerings are a necessity on many restaurant menus today despite our nation’s recent push towards healthier habits.

While a high-calorie dessert certainly isn’t for every customer, dining out is often an opportunity to splurge. And when that sweet tooth beckons, you want to make sure you’re prepared to satisfy it. So, without further adieu, here are a handful of recipes that will compel your customers to think twice before they pass on dessert.


dessert beverage bourbon hot cocoa, hot chocolateBourbon Hot Chocolate
Here’s a sweet offering with a kick that might entice the patrons who simply can’t eat anymore.


Warm Chocolate Cakes with Fresh Fruit
Yield: 6 servings


New York-style Cheesecake
Yield: One 8-inch cheesecake


Ricotta Pie


For more Pizza Today dessert recipes, explore the recipe archives.

Jeremy White is editor-in-chief at Pizza Today.