Origin of Tiramisu

Tiramisù is considered a contemporary dish because of its popularity and is now one of the most famed desserts in the world! It is an espresso-drizzled cake or a cup stacked with mascarpone, sponge cake, and savoiardi, then dusted with cocoa powder.

But, do you know where Tiramisu originated?

Tiramisù means “pick me up” in Italian, derived from the Treviso dialect “Tireme su” which was afterward Italianized. Tiramisù was invented in Treviso around 1800. So says a smart “Maitresse” of a pleasure house in Treviso’s city center. 

Prior to returning home to their spouses, the “Siora” who managed the establishment created this aphrodisiac dish to re-energize her guests. In a brothel, guests were given Tiremesù, a natural Viagra from the 19th century.

The real roots of Tiramisù were hidden for generations by popular prudence. Literature was not able to discuss it until the 1980s.

Our grandmothers and great-grandmothers have left us evidence of this dessert’s appearance on their sumptuous meals throughout the centuries: These 80-year-old women tell us how they prepare this dish for family and friends with expertise and love. Until electricity and early freezers were widely accessible, this dish was exclusively consumed and known in Treviso.

Certain oral traditions confirm that this dish originated in Veneto and Treviso. Treviso farmers used an egg yolk and sugar mixture to heal the newlyweds, thus the recipe.

He was a scholar and an expert witness to the Tiramisu recipe. Tiramisù was a favorite poet Giovanni Comisso’s, and he described it to his friends and family in his memoirs as “Tirame-spiro-sù.” It was known in Treviso as long back as 1800, according to these historical remembrances.

Many aspects of reality are included in legends, as is common in such stories: Italy’s Treviso is the birthplace and origin of Tiramisù.