It seems that there has been a lot of controversy when it comes to cakes. Last year, we reported on the court case about Vienna’s famous Sacher Torte, and today, we bring you the latest scandal in baking: Where was Italy’s tasty tiramisu invented? And who created it first?
FOOD IS SACRED
Italy has long gained famed for its food–pasta, pizza, cappuccino, espresso, panna cotta and the list goes on–but the country has been trying to get its copyright stamped on several of its culinary inventions for the past couple of years.Italy has certified its Naples Margherita pizza and its mouth-watering cappuccino, even elaborating on the exact ways in which they must both be made to be qualified as “truly Italian.” When it comes to making pizza, Italians state that it must be cooked on a dough that has been raised for nine hours, topped with only specific types of mozzarella and tomatoes. For the true cappuccino, the Italians believe that the right quantities of milk and coffee are needed, but must most of all, the steam must be of the right temperature.
OH, TIRAMISU…WHERE WERE YOU BORN?
Literally meaning “lift me up” in Italian, tiramisu has become one of the staple Italian desserts, along with panna cotta. Although there are several ways to make a tiramisu, the true origins of the fluffy and sumptuous coffee flavored dessert still remain somewhat debatable.Photo credit: TrustypicsHistoric reports trace tiramisu back to the 17th century, when it was first created in honor of the grand duke of Tuscany, however, it seems that its true birthplace lays in Treviso, a town located 40 minutes north of Venice.Some sources say that Carminantonio Iannaccone was the first to create tiramisu in 1969 in Treviso, others say that it was dreamt up one year later by Alba Campeol, owner of Treviso’s Bechherie, with her 27-year-old chef Roberto Linguanotto.Alba Campeol’s restaurant still exists today and is currently managed by her son, Carlo. “When Alba was breastfeeding me a few years earlier, she had turned to mascarpone mixed with sugar and biscuits soaked in coffee to keep her energy up, which is traditional in Treviso,” shared Carlo with The Guardian. “Then, with her chef, she turned those elements into a pudding.”
WILL YOU BE MINE?
No matter who created the tiramisu first, Treviso is trying to claim ownership over the creation of the dessert. President of Veneto (the region of Treviso) Luca Zaia would like to see tiramisu become the official dessert of the area.Photo credit: Efilpera“It’s like pizza in Napoli,” Zaia told the Huffington Post, adding that he is planning to compile a dossier to qualify tiramisu as an authentic Treviso dessert, with the goal to fight against the many copies that you can taste worldwide today.So next time you’re in Venice and are in need of a boost, travel to Treviso and have a spoon of the cake right at its source. It will surely lift you up!