Death of the “father of tiramisu”: tributes paid to Ado Campeol, 93, while the Italian city of Treviso “loses a star”

Death of the “father of tiramisu”: tributes paid to Ado Campeol, 93, while the Italian city of Treviso “loses a star”

Italian restaurateur Ado Campeol, nicknamed the “father of tiramisu” by his country’s media, has died at the age of 93.

Campeol was the owner of Le Beccherie in the town of Treviso, in the north Italy, where tiramisu, made from cookies soaked in coffee and mascarpone cheese, was said to have been invented in 1969.

The creation of the dessert is said to have happened by chance during the making of the vanilla ice cream by the restaurant’s chef, co-inventor Roberto Linguanotto, when he dropped mascarpone into the mixture of eggs and sugar.

Tiramisu would have been invented in 1969. File pic

He noticed the pleasant taste of the mixture and told Alba, Campeol’s wife.

They perfected it after tasting the concoction on coffee-soaked savoiardi cookies (also called boudoirs).

The dish was officially added to the restaurant’s menu in 1972 but was never patented by the family.

It did not appear on paper until it was published in a 1981 issue of Veneto, a food and wine magazine.

The president of the Veneto region, Luca Zaia, tweeted on Sunday: “With Aldo Campeol, who died today at the age of 93, Treviso is losing another star in its gastronomic and wine history, which will also shine there- low.

“Aldo, his very long activity as a restaurateur, and his Beccherie, have spanned decades of the best Treviso tradition. “

Journalist Josh Barrie tweeted a photo of a tiramisu from the restaurant and wrote: “It’s sad to see that the ‘father of tiramisu’ Ado Campeol has passed away at the age of 93.

“I had the chance to visit his restaurant, Alle Beccherie, in Treviso a few years ago to try the original. Here it is. “

The de Campeol family took over Le Beccherie, in Piazza Ancillotto, in 1939 when he was a young boy.

He later ran the restaurant and then sold it in 2014.

He is survived by his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Tiramisu is a rich layered dessert made with boudoir cookies, strong coffee, mascarpone, eggs, sugar, Marsala wine, rum and cocoa powder.

Tiramisu means ‘pick me up’ in Italian – most likely referring to the two caffeine-containing ingredients in the dish, the coffee and the cocoa.


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