The origins of tiramisù, the most famous italian dessert, are uncertain. Three regions claim to be its fatherland: Toscana, Piemonte and Veneto.
Officially, it was born in the 17th century, when some bakers from Siena prepared it to celebrate Cosimo de Medici’s visit to the town.
The dessert was meant to represent the Grand Duke’s personality and, at the same time, to be prepared with simple ingredients. These are the origins of what at the beginning was called “the Duk’es soup” and which became the nobles’ favourite dessert because they thaught it had aphrodisiac qualities – hence the name Tiramisù (“pick me up”).