There were so many mouthwatering descriptions in this book, which was kinda expected given that the main character's family owned an Italian restaurant. One of the things I loved about this book was the description of Ella's family owned and run restaurant as it brought back memories of my days growing up in a kitchen where my Nonna was always standing over a big pot of sauce. In The Fine Art of Truth or Dare Ella's Nonna is renowned for making the best cannoli (yum!). Ella uses cannoli as a peace offering when things get rocky with her bestie Frankie and tempts the delectable heart throb Alex via email with the promise of some of these tasty treats.
"It was a toss-up which was worse: that I was sitting in Anthony's Coffee Shop, renowned for its desserts, with a box full of Nonna's cannoli in my bag on the floor, or that the cannoli on the plate in front of me was not Nonna's"- Ella meeting Frankie with cannoli as a peace offering, The Fine Art of Truth or Dare.
"I will be having my turkey (there will be one, but it will be somewhat lost among the pumpkin fettuccine, sausage-stuffed artichokes, garlic with green beans, and at least four lasagnas, not to mention the sweet potato cannoli and chocolate ricotta pie)"- Ella's Thanksgiving email to Alex, The Fine Art of Truth or Dare.
These cupcakes include ricotta, orange zest and marsala in the cake, are filled with a ricotta cannoli filling, and are topped with a vanilla buttercream frosting. While not my favourite cupcakes as the cake batter was a bit lumpy and the amount of frosting given was not enough to cover all 24 cupcakes, these were still pretty tasty and cannoli-y.