Living in Italy taught me to appreciate quite a few things. Even things I thought I appreciated before, but turned out I never fully did. To name a few: Cheese, coffee, tomatoes, risotto, pasta, cannoli, gelato and, of course, Tiramisu.
Never having been a fan of rich desserts, Tiramisu was just never something I fancied. Or thought I fancied for that matter. That was until I travelled to Treviso for the first time and, to my surprise, learnt that this was where Tiramisu originated. In this teeny, tiny town in the Veneto region of Italy, just a 30min train ride from Venice.
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Upon the recommendation of a few locals and friends, I decided to close my eyes and pay a bizarre 7 euros (yes, today that’s just over R124) for a freshly-made piece of Tiramisu from Fermi – a local gourmet food store and deli. In my defence, it was a mother of a piece that fed about three people in the end.
History of Tiramisu
Legend has it that this delectable dessert was first made in the 1960s by Roberto Linguanotto, owner of “Le Beccherie” restaurant and his apprentice, Francesca Valori, whose maiden name was Tiramisu. What a cool surname. For some reason, a dessert called ‘van den Berg’ doesn’t have such a nice ring to it…
Wanting to back all my statements by research and facts, I went on a hunt to find out all I could about the origins of this dessert and whether it was really invented in Treviso. I seem to have a love-hate relationship with interwebs though. Love, because so much information is available at my fingertips. Hate, because SO MUCH information is available at my fingertips… I never know how much of what I read is actually true.
Since my research was also backed by a few Italians (who aren’t from Treviso), I’d say it’s safe to believe abovementioned legend – if you so wish…
Have you been to Treviso? Did you taste the Tiramisu? What did you hear about its origin?
*Featured image from the Fermi website.