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An Italian ice cream made with heavy cream and often containing rum, almonds, and maraschino cherries, typically served in small cups.
[After Giuseppe Tortoni (c.1775-c.1864), Neapolitan-born owner of a café in Paris famous for its ice cream.]
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(Cookery) a rich ice cream often flavoured with sherry
[from Italian: probably from the name of a 19th-century Italian caterer in Paris]
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rich ice cream containing eggs, heavy cream, chopped cherries, etc., and often topped with crushed almonds or macaroons.
[1940–45; said to be after an Italian café owner in Paris in the 18th century]
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