Sup, if you will, on pasta and piatti at the hip and happening Indaco. Or pair the crisp clam pizza with a bottle of red from the all-Italian list. But leave without the almond budino, and you’ve missed Charleston’s primo confection. Though its literal translation is “pudding,” the quintessential budino is a celestial custardy concoction with a silky texture that begs you to scrape your bowl clean. Indaco’s version begins with an almond puree, elevated to velvet with egg yolks and cream. A dense dark chocolate shortbread delivers contrast, a sophisticated swirl of salted caramel salutes culinary fashion, and a chic quenelle of whipped cream finishes off this decadent combo of coolness and crunch. 526 King St., (843) 727-1228, www.indacocharleston.com
❋ Readers’ Choice: Kaminsky’s Baking Co.