Ricotta cheese gives this cheesecake more substance and texture than traditional cream-cheese-only cakes. Its slightly grainy texture is typical of Italian cheesecakes.
Ricotta means recooked in Italian; this fresh cheese is prepared form the reheated whey left when milk is heated for another cheese. Mild and sweet, ricotta has a lighter texture than cram cheese, but a richer quality.
Lure lemon lovers by serving this cheesecake with a dollop of purchased lemon curd or a drizzle of Limoncello liqueur.