What: The chocolate-peanut butter cheesecake
Where: Capizzi’s Cheesecakes, 68718 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Cathedral City
How much: $4.50 per slice; $25-$35 for a whole cake
Contact: 760-408-8788; www.capizzischeesecake.com
Why: It’s a decadent and reasonably priced dessert
My sweet tooth was barking at me one recent afternoon as I drove down Highway 111. I wanted dessert—something nuanced and delicious. I was in the “downtown Cathedral City” area, and I remembered some raves I’d heard about Capizzi’s Cheesecakes.
I pulled off Highway 111, parked near Trilussa Ristorante, and began looking for Capizzi’s. It’s tucked into one of the spaces that has seen a variety of businesses come and go in recent years—although more and more spaces are getting tenants, owner Louis Capizzi told me as we chatted after I’d found the place.
I drooled as I perused the cheesecake by-the-slice offerings. Louie told me the original is especially popular, as is the pineapple coconut cheesecake. However, my eye was set on a gorgeous brown and black number: I was going to get a chocolate-peanut butter slice.
Since there’s no way to dine at Capizzi’s, I got my piece to go. Once I got home, I dug in.
Wow. This was one decadent dessert—and I mean that in the best possible way. The creamy peanut butter melded perfectly with the chocolate crust, top and chunks, as one would expect; chocolate and peanut butter are a classic combination, after all. However, if the ingredients aren’t top-notch, or if they’re assembled in inappropriate proportions, this classic combination can fall short. Well, there was no falling short with this piece of cheesecake; it exceeded my lofty expectations.
It turns out the Capizzi family has a lengthy and storied food history. There’s a menu near the counter for the Capizzis’ old Chicago restaurant—Louie told me some confused customers occasionally try to order off of it—and the Cathedral City space is now also offering pizzas, ravioli, cannoli and biscotti.
Well, my taste buds are very happy the Capizzi family is here in the Coachella Valley. That amazing piece of cheesecake satisfied my barking sweet tooth—if only for just a bit, before it started wanting more.