1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons shelled, roasted, unsalted pistachios (preferably natural color)
1 1/2 cups superfine sugar plus 2 tablespoons
4 cups whole milk
4 large eggs, separated
4 egg yolks
3 drops almond extract
2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
Meringues and custard can be made up to 6 hours ahead and chilled separately, covered. Bring to room temperature before serving.