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Apr 9, 2011 11:46 PM

Best tiramisu in LA from a restaurant (no chains)?


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  1. This is a tough one! I am a very tough critic of tiramisu, even when I am in Italy I have had some that aren't up to snuff IMHO. I believe that tiramisu needs to taste of coffee, mascarpone, liquor (marsala or rum), and a hint of cocoa. The biggest problem with tiramisu is one or more of those flavors missing, or a dry cake-y texture.

    So far the best I've had is at La Botte, it was quite good but not perfect. (I would prefer a heavier hand with the liquor.)

    Angelini Osteria has a delicious "cup of mascarpone" dessert that is tiramisu-like without actually being tiramisu. They sometimes offer actual tiramisu as a dessert special, but it's not been available when I was there, would be very anxious to try theirs as I find them to be authentic and overall fabulous.

    Worst would go to Ugo in Culver City. I had to send it back.

    I would love to find a great tiramisu in town if anyone knows!

    Angelini Osteria
    7313 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036

    1. I'm not big on sweets, but Colori Kitchen in dtla has a pretty mean tiramisu.

      Colori Kitchen
      429 W 8th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

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      1. re: omieurhomie

        oooh, i gotta try it on my lunch break. sounds good, i presume it's homemade? and not too sweet?

        1. re: omieurhomie

          I got Colori's back on this one.

        2. I actually really love the Whilte Chocolate Tiramisu at Madeo's on beverly near robertson.

          Has anyone ever tried it?

          But it's hella expensive at about 12 bucks a pop.

          Madeo Restaurant
          8897 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048

          1. Bouttega Louie and Osteriam Mama are pretty good.

            And if you are willing to goto a bakery, Frances is a must.

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            1. re: ipsedixit

              Do u mean Frances bakery in Honda plaza???

                1. re: ipsedixit

                  While you're at Frances, get the souffle cheesecake.
                  Come to think of it, while you're at Colori, get their ricotta cheesecake.

                  1. re: J.L.

                    while you are Frances get the Chocolate Truffles some of the best in town, though I believe they don't make it or try not to make it during the summer or when it's supposed to be pretty darn hot.

                    I still got to get to colori if only for that tiramisu and a cappuchino

            2. You might like it at the Depot in Torrance. Chef Mike does a pretty good creme brulee.

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              1. re: Clinton

                Funny you mentioned Depot. The original recipe I think was from Cafe Misto in Torrance when it was still owned by Michael Franks. It was so good I bought the entire tray for a staff birthday lunch. And yes, that was the best I ever tried...after that, nothing else compares.