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by tom kington
Veneto governor wants EU protection for dessert's Treviso recipe to save it from adulteration by strawberry.
AFTER battling to save the world from pineapple pizzas and frozen cappuccinos, Italy may now stamp its copyright on another Italian culinary invention it believes has been mucked around with abroad – the tiramisu.
Luca Zaia, governor of the Veneto region, said he was pushing to win EU certification for the pudding, which would set in stone the exact ingredients used the day it was invented in a restaurant in Treviso, near Venice, in 1970 and thus exclude cream or strawberries.
Tiramisu, which features egg yolks whipped with mascarpone cheese layered over coffee-soaked ladyfinger biscuits topped with cocoa powder, “risks today having too many fathers and too many versions which do no justice to the dedication and creativity of the place where it was born”, said Zaia.
Zaia, a member of Italy’s rightwing Northern League party, said he was aiming to put Treviso on the map for tiramisu, after the certification of the Naples margherita pizza. The EU-recognised pizza must use specific types of mozzarella and tomato, as well as dough raised for nine hours.
Despite reports that tiramisu was invented in the 17th century to honour the grand duke of Tuscany, there seems little doubt it was drummed up in 1970 by Alba Campeol, owner of the Beccherie restaurant in Treviso, alongside her then 27-year-old chef, Roberto Linguanotto. Campeol’s son Carlo said: “We need to codify it to protect from attempts to ruin it.” – Guardian News & Media
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