The word Tiramisù literally means “Lift me up”. It comes from the Treviso dialect, “Tireme su”, became Tiramisù in the latter half of the 20th century. Historical records state that Tiramisù originated in Treviso in 1800. It is said that this dessert was invented by a clever “maitresse” of a house of pleasure in the centre of Treviso.
The woman who ran the premises developed this aphrodisiac dessert to offer to customers at the end of the evening in order to reinvigorate them and solve the problems they may have had with their conjugal duties on their return to their wives.
This would seem to be the origin of the Tiremesù, a natural Viagra from the 19th century, served to customers in a brothel.
Over the centuries, a veil of popular prudery hid the true origins of Tiramisù. In fact it is not mentioned in books until the 1980s.
Evidence of the presence of this dessert over the last centuries, on the lavish tables of home is given by our grandmothers and great-grandmothers. These ladies over the age of 80 tell us of the skill and passion they put into the preparation of this dessert for family and friends. Before electricity was widely available, along with the early refrigerators, this dessert, which does not keep for long, was only eaten and known of in the province of Treviso and the surrounding areas.
As often happens in legends, there are various elements of truth: Tiramisù originates from Treviso, in Italy.