Off the Beaten Plate: Peanut Butter Pie at Intorno

Peanut Butter Pie at Intorno, 801 Massachusetts St.

Peanut Butter Pie at Intorno, 801 Massachusetts St.


Peanut Butter Pie at Intorno, 801 Massachusetts St.

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At least around here, it’s hard to find a restaurant serving peanut butter pie — and one of the last spots you’d expect it is an Italian place. But Intorno owner and chef Jim Vaughn says he’s fine with squeezing some all-American onto his menu, especially if it’s in the form of his decadent house-made Peanut Butter Pie.

“It’s my favorite dessert,” Vaughn confesses. “It’s what I like to eat.”

This pie has a cool, creamy peanut butter filling over a gooey ribbon of what could be described as peanut butter ganache (if such a thing exists). It’s covered in whipped cream, a drizzle of caramel sauce and homemade sweet peanut butter crumbles.

Where to get it: Intorno, 801 Massachusetts St.

What you’ll pay: $7.50

Try it with: Coffee, to counteract the onset of possible sugar coma.

Also on the menu: Linguine Monte Mara and other pastas, sandwiches such as the Italian Club, crab cakes and other — more Italian — desserts, including tiramisu and fresh homemade cannoli.

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Lawrencelovesdogs 9 years, 4 months ago

Worst restaurant in Lawrence. We went at around 8PM and waited for our food forever even though they weren't busy. Then they simply didn't bring one of our entrees and were baffled when we walked out. Big service problems here.

Scott Tichenor 9 years, 4 months ago

Maybe not the worst, but certainly one of the saddest. They're getting hammered by diners shelling out pricey tabs on sites like Yelp, and from my experience dining there twice, rightly so. Won't be returning.

captainzeep 9 years, 4 months ago

Tried Intorno Friday with 3 others and all enjoyed the entrees. Drinks / service was pleasant. Would like to see deeper selection of craft beers. Peanut butter pie is a seriously rich and large portion of dessert. Tiramisu was quite good and definately enough for two.

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