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National Cheesecake Day

July 30, 2008 |  7:07 pm

Cheesecake400_3Today is National Cheesecake Day. I'm not exactly sure how I know this. I first heard about it online and then I got a news release from the Cheesecake Factory that pointed it out. For obvious reasons.

The chain is offering a promotional tie-in: slices of its cheesecake (any flavor or variety, today only) for $1.50, the same price that those slices sold for in 1978 when the Cheesecake Factory first opened in Beverly Hills.

The Cheesecake Factory isn't the only place to find cream-cheesy goodness. Il Carpaccio serves a mean slice of orange-peel-flavored ricotta cheesecake, Melrose Bar & Grill has a light, flavorful option and Osteria Mozza serves one with a trio of honeys. Or you can make your own. The Food section ran a story not so long ago celebrating cheesecake and offering up three decadent recipes, here.  Part of the package is a video of Ciro Marino of Marino's on Melrose demonstrating a classic Italian cheesecake with running on-camera commentary provided by his son, chef Sal Marino of Il Grano.

— Jessica Gelt

Photo: Richard Hartog / Los Angeles Times

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