Breaking News: The demise of tiramisu’?

Francesca's TiramisuA few days ago, I read an article on an Italian newspaper that saddened me a bit. Le Beccherie, an Italian restaurant located in Treviso (a town in the northeastern region of Veneto) that is credited for creating one of the most famous spoon desserts the world over, tiramisu’, will close its doors for good on March 30 reportedly due to the long-lasting recession that Italy has been going through during the last years.

The restaurant has been in the Treviso culinary scene for a very long time. It opened on September 1, 1939. Ring any bell? Yes, exactly the same day that World War II started.

In the Sixties, Ada (the wife of the restaurant owner, Aldo Campeol) and pastry chef Roberto Linguanotto, came up with the recipe of tiramisu’ in the kitchen of Le Beccherie by finding inspiration in and elaborating on existing dessert recipes, including that of the restorative, “energizing” desserts that at that time used to be offered to the clients of the… local brothels! See now the reasons for both the name tiramisu’ (that translates into “pick-me-up”) and all those eggs that go into it?… 😉

I was born and raised in Italy, but I have never been to Treviso. And now I will never have the chance to taste the original Tiramisu’ prepared at Le Beccherie. What a shame! 😦

So, if any of you or someone you know happens to be in Italy in the Treviso area before the end of the month, I suggest you or your friends stop by the restaurant for a taste of the “real tiramisu'”, a delicious milestone in the Italian culinary history.

Wish you all a great week – and of course Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! Xx

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37 Responses to Breaking News: The demise of tiramisu’?

  1. rebecca2000 says:

    Aww boo. I won’t be there until May

  2. I only wish that I could be there to pay a visit before it closes! Hope that you’re having a wonderful Saint Patrick’s Day as well Francesca 🙂

  3. What a shame! I won’t be in Italy before it closes and it would have been great to try the original Tiramisu.

  4. talkavino says:

    Sad… It is very sad when the restaurant which had been around for 75 years is closing its doors… It definitely takes away a piece of the history with that.

    • Francesca says:

      Very sad. We’ll commemorate next time you and Vic come over. I’ll make tiramisu’. Of course, it won’t be Le Beccherie version but I hope it will do. 😉

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  6. Thats very sad, tragic really. Tiramisu is one of my all time favorite desserts and I wish I had the opportunity to enjoy it in the restaurant in which it was conceived. I think I will make one in honor of the great restaurant.

    • Francesca says:

      Tragic could be the right word especially if nobody will do anything to preserve the original recipe. That would be typical of us! There is nothing to do but hope …

  7. When I posted a tiramisù recipe last year, I had done a little research and had read and linked about the restaurant and in the link are photos of Mr. Aldo and Mrs. Alba Campeol (former owners of Le Beccherie). It is sad, a year later to read the place is closing. 😦

  8. Your tiramisu looks delicious. Do you plan to tell us how it’s done? Or must we simply sit and weep without it?

  9. I didn’t know that the first tiramisu was born in Treviso…and this place is closing! what a shame!

  10. Wishing you all (altho belatedly) a very Happy St Patrick’s Day and a good and enjoyable week ahead. I have had tiramisu in restaurants and ocassionaly I made it myself but until now I had no idea of its backstory so thank you Francesca for sharing this piece of culinary history. It’s so sad to hear of a restaurant that’s been in existence since 1939 closing down. . 😉

  11. ohh thats such a bummer 😦 its always so sad to hear when long-lasting and family owned institutions like this don’t make it through unforeseen circumstances. Best thing to do is have a giant slice and commemorate.

  12. ChgoJohn says:

    Always a shame to see a hallmark establishment close its doors. I’m sure they did all they could to prevent it and it must be heartbreaking for them. What a shame.
    on a lighter note, Happy St. Joseph’s Feast Day, to you both!

    • Francesca says:

      Thank you. John! Yes, it must have been a tough decision for them. There was a short statement from the owner explaining why he decided to close for good. You could feel his sadness.
      Hope you had a great St. Joseph’s Day!

  13. Mary says:

    How sad – hate to see old establishments closing their doors.

  14. Francesca says:

    Yes, it is like closing a door that you know will never be opened again.

  15. Dina says:

    Oh, that’s a shame, how sad that they have to close their doors!
    Your Tiramisu looks mouthwatering, Francesca – have you shared the recipe with us yet? 🙂
    Great image and a superb composition as well. Love you very delicate china and the flower arrangement, you are very both very talented and artistic!
    Big hug from all four of us,
    Dina xo

    • Francesca says:

      Not yet, Dina! Maybe waiting for some special occasion…
      Thank you so much for your lovely words. Your comments are always so complimentary that I shiver for the excitement. Keep them coming please! 😉

  16. Sofia says:

    Looks soo delicious! 🙂

  17. Do family restaurants generally endure longer than 75 years in Italy? I mean, it is sad that they’re closing. On the other hand, I know of very, very few restaurants that have made it that long in the U.S.

    Ken worked at some of the best restaurants in Chicago–at the time, everyone knew their names the way we today know Nobu and Aquavit. One was written up in Time magazine as one of the 20 restaurants in the nation “worth the trip” (it was an hour outside of Chicago).

    Today they’re ancient history. Restaurants here have a short shelf life.

    • Francesca says:

      That’s very true! The reason? I personally believe that restaurants in the big US cities are a fashion statement. Regardless of the quality of food (most of the time – let’s be honest – not that great), the success trick is to find the right combination of location, ambiance and price range as well as to be able to offer something new every week. Then, the restaurant will last a few years but, eventually, people will get bored and go somewhere else … more fashionable in that moment.

      In Italy, some people keep going to the same restaurant that has been serving a particular pasta dish for the last 40 years without changing a thing simply because that dish is perfect and they want to eat exactly that. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right?

  18. Liz says:

    Sad to hear about the closure of the restaurant. It’s a wonder that a business that has operated for more than 60 yeas is closing down. How terrible!

    • Francesca says:

      Italy has been in a very dark place during the past years and still is. People want renovation and modernization even when it comes to food but they are forgetting and letting go our oldest traditions. A huge mistake in my opinion.

      • Liz says:

        Very sad. Modernizing food is a bit too far fetched. It’s like throwing away traditions. The world surely is a crazy place!

  19. Kiara Style says:

    ohhhh man, Italy is losing a lot of good things…along with a lot of good Italians 😦

  20. laurasmess says:

    Oh, what a shame Francesca! I didn’t actually know about the origins of tiramisu, other than the fact that it was created in Italy. It sounds like Le Beccherie was an establishment with both rich history and amazing food… I am sad that its closure will be ‘the end of an era’, so to speak. Aaron and I will be travelling to Italy later this year and I’m sad that I won’t get a chance to try this place during its last hurrah! Sad times.
    I have to admit that Australia is going the same way when it comes to closure of old buildings and restaurants. New development can be a good thing, but not when it’s at the expense of cultural significance. Many Australian family owned and run businesses are being sold to overseas investors at the moment… most recently to Chinese businesses. It makes me sad that money speaks louder than retaining our values at times 😦 Anyway, I digress. Thanks for sharing this slice of history (pun intended!) with us. xxx

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