‘Mamma of Tiramisù’ dies in Veneto

By Region Culture News North-east Italy

Just days after the death of her husband, the ‘mamma of tiramisu’ has also passed away. She created the dessert which shot to global culinary stardom.

Italy’s Veneto Region announced the news of Alba’s death in a statement, describing her as “La Mamma del Tiramisù.”

“For a lifetime they had been inseparable at work in their restaurant as well as in their private life. Death separated them only for a few days,” said Veneto governor Luca Zaia.

“Today Alba and Ado are reunited in that chemistry that characterised that temple of hospitality and the Venetian gastronomic tradition that is Le Beccherie in Treviso.”

Tiramisù – a delightful dessert

Alba Di Pillo, invented tiramisù, and died just days after her husband, Ado Campeol.

Together the couple marketed the hugely popular dessert at their restaurant, Alle Beccherie, in Treviso.

Tiramisù was “born from the imagination and passion of satisfying the palate of Alba’s customers”, said Zia. He expressed his gratitude to the husband-and-wife team for helping to make Veneto “appreciated internationally”.

The dessert, which translates as “pick me up”, came about by chance in 1969. Alba and her chef Roberto Linguanotto perfected the happy accident. However, it did not make it onto the restaurant’s menu until 1972.

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