Definition of tortoni in US English:



  • An Italian ice cream made with eggs and cream, typically served in a small cup and topped with chopped almonds or crumbled macaroons.

    • ‘Garnish each tortoni with a rosette of cream and a candied cherry.’
    • ‘If you aren't going to use them right after they freeze, cover the tortonis - or put them into a shoe box with a cover to protect from freezer’
    • ‘For the tortoni cream, remove and reserve 1/4 cup of the macaroon crumbs.’
    • ‘Sprinkle tortonis with remaining granola; garnish with cherries.’


Early 20th century: the name of a 19th-century Italian cafe owner in Paris.