What is Italian's favourite dessert? My answer is doubtless: Tiramisù! Did you know that "Tiramisù" is the 5th word of the Italian cookery mostly known abroad? The meaning of Tiramisù is "cheer me up" and this was the intention of the inventor of this rich coffee-flavoured dessert made of Savoiardi ladyfinger biscuits dipped in coffee, a cream of eggs, sugar and mascarpone cheese, topped with cocoa.
Believe it or not, there is still today a big legal fight between the regions of Friuli-Venezia-Giulia and Veneto for the paternity of the Tiramisù. According to Veneto, this classic Italian dessert was invented in the XVII-XVIII century in Treviso, by a mistress who offered it to her customers before they left the brothel to give them some energy. As a proof of this story in the centre of Treviso there is a plaque near the Ristorante Le Beccherie which was the first one to introduce this dessert in their menu.
Nevertheless, in Friuli they say that the pudding variation of the dessert served in a goblet was created in the 50's at Trattoria Al Vetturino di Pieris near Gorizia and was called the "Goblet of the coach driver". On the contrary, the frozen tirmisù was produced in Tolomezzo near Udine at Ristorante Albergo Roma, again in the 50's.
The dispute is so heated that in March, FICO Eataly World organized a competition to celebrate the most delicious Tiramisù in Italy and at Villa Santina, in Friuli, they made the longest Tiramisù in the world!
In conclusion, the origins of Tiramisù are still unknown, but it is for sure the most delicious and famous Italian dessert!