Best of the Bach 2016, Best Dessert Restaurant: Old Venice
Old Venice is unique in the South Bay for its extensive menu of Italian and Greek food. The variety extends to their dessert menu. On the Greek side they have baklava, which you have probably had elsewhere, and melomakarona, which you probably haven’t. It’s a walnut and honey cookie that is one of the lightest, crispest things you’ll ever taste. The Italian side has favorites like gelato, cannolis, a creamy tiramisu with just the right touch of coffee and rice pudding. Some hard to categorize items like a brownie torte and oreo-cream gelato truffle round out the list. If you have trouble deciding you can always sip a dessert wine while you puzzle out which you want most.
1001 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach. (310) 376-0242.