For summer, Maialino's dessert menu features Granita di Caffé ($6), an elegant two-part concoction of espresso ice and whipped cream. It's about as simple as desserts go, but often times (and especially in the heat), simple is best. The ice is shaved thin, a strong, heady brew, sweetened with a bit of sugar. Make sure to spoon up equal parts ice and that pure whipped cream in each bite. And if you have extra room, don't forget about Maialino's Olive Oil Cake—a classic topped with vanilla bean mascarpone.
About the author: Originally from Honolulu, Kathy YL Chan blogs at Kathy YL Chan, where she chronicles her eats and travel adventures between Hawai'i, New York and beyond. She firmly believes that there is always room for dessert.