This past weekend I dashed over to
I’m a new fan of tiramisu, having only just recently been introduced to it. My friend and I gabbed away the last hours of the day each of us sneaking tiny bites of this rich treat as though we were thieves, until finally we were licking the last bits from our spoons. Looking down surprised at the empty plate my friend wondered out loud about the birth of this dessert.
After a little internet research into it I ran across a couple of origin tales for tiramisu. One such tale claims the dessert was an invention for the Duke Cosimo de’Medici III on a visit to
Another tale involves the women of
The caffeine in my tiramisu also plays a part in my favorite and admittedly more scandalous theory, which involves Venetian courtesans. These women who worked above the cafes supposedly used the tiramisu, which literally means pick me up, to provide themselves with a bit of energy to last their whole night of work.