Italian Food Facts: Tiramisu

Tiramisu is among the most popular of Italian desserts. I, personally, don’t go crazy for it, but I think a lot of people out there are decidedly way more into this chocolaty-coffee dessert than I am.

You can find it in just about any Italian restaurant in Italy or America and I’d be wicked surprised if you, dear blog reader, have never tried it at least once in your life.

It’s basically lady finger cookies soaked in espresso coffee and then layered with sweetened mascarpone cheese and topped with cocoa powder. Easy!

The interesting thing about Tiramisu is the meaning, in Italian, of its name. It translates into “Pick Me Up“. Not in the sense of “give me a ride home” or “I’ve fallen”, but in the “put some pep in my step” way. Given that this dessert is loaded with espresso, it gives you a little coffee buzz, which is exactly what you might need to help you get up from the table after a nice long Italian meal!


25 thoughts on “Italian Food Facts: Tiramisu

  1. It is so delicious, made the right way (here in Italy) it’s so delicious and really does “pick u up”. Nice post. I have to agree with you I had it in the States and didn’t like it at all.

  2. I like it. I like creamy desserts especially with coffee and/or chocolate. Also like panna cotta which is dead easy to make. You can tart it up in all sorts of easy ways and seduce your dinner guests into thinking you’re magic in the kitchen.

  3. It s very very special dessert. it was invented in treviso . restaurant beccherie. it s s made with excellent moka coffe italyan style ladyfingers savoiardi and mascarpone+special creamy cheese).and eggs.i have the original recipe

  4. Tiramisu is my favorite! I also make a pretty sweet tiramisu cheesecake with crushed lady finger butter crust. It sounds kind of awkward out loud but it tastes really good!

    What about the liquor? Or is that an American addition?

  5. Total. Addict. I make it a habit to try it in every Italian city I visit. It’s so fun to try all the different styles.
    In the US you basically have to find someone from Italy to make it…only then is it not processed, once frozen and too sugary.
    Funny line in “No Reservations” last night: “Tiramisu…it means food of the gods.” “Umm – that’s not what it means…” “Just shut up and eat it.”

  6. I’m also not a big fan of Tiramisu – nor, to be honest, any dessert that comes with an alcohol aftertaste.

    Chocolate? Yes! Booze? Yes! But when you put them together, it’s like snogging Brad Pitt only to find he’s been swigging from a brown paper bag all afternoon.

    I’m probably an idiot, but I’ll call myself a purist. 🙂

    That being said, I once had orgasmically-incredible Tiramisu at a dodgy little skiing restaurant at the top of a mountain. Yes, I was freezing cold and already slightly pissed on cheap beer. Yes, it pretty much looked like discoloured gloop in a bowl. But it tasted. Frikken. Amazing.

  7. i heard that its name derivates from its primary “purpose”: it used to be served to clients of prostitutes houses after the “service”! but this can be a fake, very easily…. 🙂

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