The recipe for this sinfully decadent cake was graciously given to me by Chef Takashi Ito, Executive Chef of The Fairmont Empress Hotel in Victoria, BC, Canada. I went on a hunt for my friend, Chef # 777765, affectionately known as "Seven" in the Kid's Cooking Forum. The story, as I understand it, is that Seven and her husband visited the Empress more than 10 years ago and ate at Kipling's Restaurant in the Hotel. Seven is not a sweet eater, but she tried this dessert anyway, and has been dreaming of it ever since. Kipling's Restaurant has since been closed and re-opened under a new name. Seven mentioned the Chocolate Italiano Cake in one of the forums and I decided to try to get my hands on the recipe for her.