When I was four, John and Marie gave me a little stuffed duck, wearing a felt dress and straw hat and carrying a basket of teeny, tiny plastic flowers. I called her Duckie and I took her everywhere. Eventually, I loved off the dress, hat and basket, but you know what? Forty years later, I still have that naked and threadbare little duck sitting on a shelf in my bedroom!
Many years have passed since then. Johnny's is long gone, but I still remember the warmth and hospitality my family always experienced there. Another thing I vividly remember is sneaking sips of my mother's espresso as I enjoyed one of my favorite treats of all time - tortoni. How I loved it!
3/4 cup cup blanched almonds
cookie/whipped cream mixture into ice cream.