For many foreigners/Americans, Tiramisu is the quintessential Italian dessert. It is a luscious mix of lady fingers dipped in coffee, egg whites, sugar, marscapone cheese. I’ll be honest that I’ve had some good Tiramisu in Italy but I’ve never been blown away. After my experience a few days ago I’m beginning to think maybe I simply didn’t know where to get the best Tiramisu…
My friend Steve Perillo invited me to try several of the private half-day and full day food tours Perillo’s ItalyVacations.com now offers. On the Rome Tasteful Shopping Tour, our guide, a charming former corporate executive and lifelong Roman food enthusiast, recreated a typical Roman’s three-hour shopping trip.
We walked up Via della Croce – about 90 feet away from the Spanish Steps and had to fight our way through the masses. The store was swarming with people – at least 15 folks lined up were lined up to buy their boxes of Tiramisu. Pompi started in 1960 out as a coffee bar in another part of town, but all Romans in the know who go there to buy Tiramisu. The new Spanish Steps location brings Pompi to Romans and visitors alike.
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