Ciao a tutti, and thank god it’s Friday!!. This heat has been relentless, so tonight’s Dolce (remember, it’s Sweets Night at Tavolo Mio) had to be light and refreshing. Pears Poached in Red Wine fit the bill nicely. Cinnamon, Vanilla Bean, Star Anise, Clove, Cardamon, Bay Leaf and a colorful melange of whole Peppercorns lent an exotic, Fall-like quality to this sophisticated dessert. The addition of a wonderfully creamy scoop of Vanilla Gelato (not shown here) cooled things off nicely, and made the kid inside of me jump for joy. Ciao e buon appetito!