If there’s a dessert popular in an entire continent and beyond it it’s the Italian tiramisu, which means something like "pull me up" because it’s a very energetic dessert due to the fact that it is made with coffee. The origin of this layered sponge cake goes back to Treviso, in the Veneto region. The three or four of layers of cake are soaked in coffee, interspersed with mascarpone and sprinkled with bitter chocolate, but it currently has so many variations that it’s almost impossible to know which one is the original version.
Some theories about the origin of tiramisu mention a restaurant called Da Alfredo, in Treviso, which created a new special dessert in the twentieth century, after the Second World War. The name of the energetic dessert would be similar to "strip sucheti" – means something like “it makes you stand” –, which was used to reinvigorate bohemians, especially in the brothels of Veneto. However, so far, the restaurant hasn’t claimed the creation of the recipe.
Besides this one, another possibility tells the tiramisu was created at the restaurant Le Beccherie, also in Treviso, in early 1970. But others regard it as originating in Florence, Tuscany, at a banquet in honor of Cosimo III, a member of the Medici family. Nevertheless, one of the few certainties surrounding tiramisu is that it’s one the favorite desserts of Pope Benedict XVI.
However, like this Italian delight, a lot of desserts around the world never get their stories straight, only millions of fans everywhere. That is why we decided to take you on a very special and sweet journey.