tir·​a·​mi·​su | \ˌtir-ə-ˈmē-(ˌ)sü, -ˈmi-;-mē-ˈsü\

Definition of tiramisu 

: a dessert made with ladyfingers, mascarpone, and espresso

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The boxy shape and whisper of coffee flavor hint at tiramisu, which seems appropriate in a historically Italian city like Boston. Gabriella Gershenson, WSJ, "Is Boston Cream Pie the World’s Most Delicious...Cake?," 9 Nov. 2018 The food was high-end diner fare (the light-as-air tiramisu was a highlight) in a classic Old New York setting. Fox, Town & Country, "A Table for Mr. Fox," 21 Nov. 2012 But breads and desserts — also made in-house, down to the lady fingers for the tiramisu — aren’t simple window dressing. azcentral, "Italian restaurant Maui Pasta in Scottsdale is a story of love, loss, pasta," 6 July 2018 Expecting a gourmet dessert here might be pie in the sky, but prepackaged, out-of-a-refrigerator items, including an airy tiramisu and exceedingly rich chocolate cake, should keep determined sweet-seekers reasonably content. Tim Smith, baltimoresun.com, "Good pizza, pasta and more at Pie in the Sky," 27 June 2018 Think ricotta and pear; yogurt and nutella; and passionfruit, but the classic flavors such as pistachio, dark chocolate and tiramisu can be scooped into your cone or cup too. Lauren Delgado, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Take a break from steamy summer with cool, creamy gelato," 12 July 2018 Lunch and dinner offer pasta, panini, subs, salads, pizza and desserts, including New York-style cheesecakes, tiramisu and panna cotta. azcentral, "Italian restaurant Maui Pasta in Scottsdale is a story of love, loss, pasta," 6 July 2018 Crovelli sells his rectangular creations at about $4 a slice, supplementing his menu with a panino, salads, and fried snacks such as suppli al telefono, plus tiramisu. Michael Klein, Philly.com, "Let's Eat: A chef surfaces in Chesco; LaBan delivers cold dessert truths," 3 July 2018 Our meal ended with a slice of green tea tiramisu ($6). Lauren Delgado, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Urban Hibachi Sushi & Grill plates up elegant Japanese fare," 30 June 2018

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First Known Use of tiramisu

1982, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tiramisu

Italian tiramisù, from tirami su!, literally, pull me up!

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