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Best Tiramisu in Town

kevin Feb 13, 2009 04:09 PM

What do you think?

As a point of reference, I like my tiramisu, not too boozy, made in a pan usually (cake tiramisu are never very good), delicious mascarpone cheese and some fresh whipped cream incorporated into it is a must, along with bitter chocolate shavings and the barest of cake layer at the bottom of the pan. Oh, and not saccharinely sweet.



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    klew Feb 13, 2009 05:29 PM

    Trattoria Farfalla, Los Feliz. Best Tiramisu and great pastas, too: fave is the checca.

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    1. re: klew
      trojans Feb 13, 2009 06:03 PM

      Cafe Flore on Robertson in Beverly Hills

      1. re: trojans
        kevin Feb 13, 2009 06:04 PM

        is cafe flore a bakery or a sit-down restaurant.

        1. re: kevin
          trojans Feb 24, 2009 07:32 PM

          Cafe Flore is a small restaurant on Robertson south of Wilshire between Charleville and Gregory.

      2. re: klew
        TailbackU Feb 16, 2009 09:50 AM

        Thanks to you, after finishing our valentine's day dinner at home, my gf and I walked over to Farfalla to get a slice of tiramisu for dessert and it was fantastic. So smooth and fluffy and creamy. A very generous size as well...and all for only $6.77 w/ tax.

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        TravelPath Feb 13, 2009 06:39 PM

        I think the question/answer has to be "where do they use imported mascarpone cheese"...it makes such a difference...at least to this Italian boy! I had good tiramisu last year at Valentino in Santa Monica and I have had good tiramisu at La Buca on Melrose some time ago. I tend to make this at home with the best ingredients...very simple and oh so good...and it blows restaurant made tiramisu out of the water!!

        BTW, the original recipe for tiramisu is from the Venato region of Italy and is made with lady fingers, expresso, chocolate, cocoa, mascarpone, egg yolks, brandy and sugar...no whipped cream!...Yum!...I think I might make some tonight!!

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        1. re: TravelPath
          kevin Feb 13, 2009 06:48 PM

          darnit, now i want to try some homemade tiramisu.

          yeah, i did forget about la buca.

          my faves in town are still Pastina, though sometimes they have an off batch of it there, or at Giorgio Baldi, which is really good and light and not to sweet but i could do with out the chocolate gelato making it a $12 dessert.

          1. re: kevin
            delishdonna Feb 13, 2009 08:08 PM

            The best Tiramisu I've had is at a little restaurant on Montana Ave in Santa Monica called Locanda Portofino. The owners are two Italian guys. They use only the finest ingredients in all of their food .Their fish dishes are devine and they make the best penne a la vodka I've had anywhere in the world! They do not advertise and all of their business is word of mouth. A local gem with a celebrity following. It's romantic and intimate with outstanding food.

            1. re: delishdonna
              latindancer Feb 13, 2009 09:27 PM

              I'll second this however I've never understood why people judge a restaurant based on who goes there.
              I love this place and you're right....the tiramisu is excellent.

              1. re: latindancer
                kevin Feb 13, 2009 11:06 PM

                is this the tiny restaurant that's tucked into a corner of what amounts to a mini-mall of sorts along fashioinable montana?

                how are the prices?

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                  delishdonna Feb 13, 2009 11:15 PM

                  Yes! The prices are moderate to high depending on what you order and what you drink. They have an excellent wine list .Floristano, one of the owners really knows food and wine. He is meticulous at choosing the finest ingredients he can find. The quality of the food is worth every cent.

              2. re: delishdonna
                kevin Feb 14, 2009 09:29 AM

                one more thing, i think i seem to have gotten this joint mixed up with locanda venata which is on the 3rd st promenade.

                i will defintely check out Locanda Portofino on Montana and not just for the tiramisu.

                what other dishes there are very good too?


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            delishdonna Feb 13, 2009 11:02 PM

            Re: latindancer
            I did not mean to imply that I or anyone would or should judge a restaurant based on who eats there. I believe they have a celeb following because the food is great and they can go there without being bothered by paparazzi or anyone else disturbing them while having an intimate meal.

            1. uhockey Feb 14, 2009 03:08 AM

              Tiramisu is my favorite dessert outside bread pudding; The two best I've ever had were at Jean Philippe in Las Vegas and C&O Trattoria down in Venice - so make the trip to Venice. While the food there wasn't super, the Garlic Rolls and Tiramisu are reason enough to check it out. These two completely outshined versions at Il Mulino or Otto in NYC and any other version I've had at "family" Italian restaurants anywhere I've been.

              Although I find it hard to "count," the best "tiramisu taste" was actually a petit four after my meal at Alex in Vegas...alas it was only a bite.....but possibly the best bite of an amazing meal.

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                bruinike Feb 14, 2009 07:21 AM

                I am not a tiramisu fan but my friend who I dine with often LOVES LOVES it and he has declared several times to me that his favorite tiramisu in town is served at TERRONI (on Beverly Blvd near the Grove). We eat at italian restaurants frequently together and he always orders it if it's made in-house so knows his stuff.

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                1. re: bruinike
                  kevin Feb 14, 2009 09:28 AM

                  yes, you're right. Terroni is one of the best, it's served in that oval pot, and if you don't eat it quickly enough it will all just melt away.

                2. westsidegal Feb 14, 2009 04:42 PM

                  although i haven't tried it myself, my tiramisu-loving friend likes the one made at MAISON DU PAIN bakery on pico east of hauser.

                  they do have some tables there if you need to eat it right away.

                  for myself, i adore crispy/crunchy, so whenever i go to maison du pain, i end up with cookies or tarts.. .

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                  1. re: westsidegal
                    latindancer Feb 14, 2009 08:47 PM

                    I ended up with half the store this morning.

                    1. re: westsidegal
                      kevin Feb 15, 2009 09:29 AM

                      for some reason, or another i've never been a fan of the pastry tarts and desserts, besdies the croissants, just too heavy and rich, but not good in a classic french manner, i don't know why.

                      but i don't think i've tried their Tiramisu yet, is it served in one of those edible chocolate cups.

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                      HB_Jeff Feb 16, 2009 07:00 AM


                      I really like the tiramisu at Mangia Mangia in Huntington Beach at the corner of Edinger and Goldenwest. The food is excellent as well (very fresh seafood, two owners are Sicilian). Good luck....


                      1. kushnerom Feb 16, 2009 10:01 AM

                        Musha in Torrance (which is a Japanese izakaya) makes an amazing Tiramisu... incredibly light and smooth served with tiny corn flakes sprinkled around it which lends a nice crisp texture to the creaminess of the dessert. An interesting take on a beloved classic.

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                          veggieyummy Feb 24, 2009 07:57 PM

                          Girasole on Larchmont. Great Italian.

                          1. tablefor1 Feb 24, 2009 08:39 PM

                            Terroni on Beverly surprised me with their light mascarpone mousse, sweetly soaked lady fingers and grated dark chocolate on top. I think it's the perfect combination, in a ramekin, of course, not cake-style.

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                            1. re: tablefor1
                              kevin Feb 25, 2009 08:01 AM

                              i love ramekin tiramisu. yes, terroni does make a definitive version.

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