One of the most quintessential Italian desserts is tiramisu—the coffee-soaked cake covered in chocolate dust. But the restaurant where the tasty treat was born is shutting down in the midst of the Italian financial slump.
Roberto A. Ferdman at Quartz reports that Le Beccherie, the birthplace of tiramisu, will close for good at the end of the month. He writes:
The iconic restaurant simply hasn’t been able to seat enough customers to justify its overhead these days. “There has been a fall in the number of customers,” owner Carlo Campeol told [newspaper] Corriere della Serra.“We’ve lost politicians, businesspeople, and members of the general public.”
Tiramisu is actually a relatively young dessert. It was invented in the late 1970s by Campeol’s family. But the restaurant is far older—it was first opened in 1939. In closing, Le Beccherie joins 60,000 other bars and restaurants that have had to close in the midst of the Euro slump. Ferdman reported that last year, 27 restaurants in Spain closed every day. But none of them were the birthplace of tiramisu.