Best Of 2016

Best sour orange pie: PIA'S TRATTORIA

Sour orange pie takes skill to master. One would think one could make it like a key lime pie, but one would be wrong. I've seen it made with chocolate, like a cheesecake and — shudder — with crackers. I asked Pia's (of Pia's Trattoria) to make one to satisfy a request from WTSP. She did, and that week she put it on the menu. Turns out she's kept it there, because it's been one of her top sellers. This woman knows her way around dessert — her cakes and tiramisu already sell out on the reg — and the proof? Well, it isn't in the pudding, exactly. It's in the pie.