Tiramisù is my dessert of choice. If it’s on the menu, I’ll order it, needless to say, I have eaten many a tiramisù in my time. Pompi is the home of this most famous Italian dessert and, as well as the classic coffee-Marsala version, they have thought up alternative flavours to cater to every palette.
The current tiramisù menu includes nocciola (hazelnut), fragola (strawberry), frutti di bosco (forest fruits), pistacchio and banana e ciocollato (+Nutella), in addition to the classic tiramisù.
Being a traditionalist and tiramisù super fan, I was a little sceptical that Pompi had played around with a classic. I quickly changed my mind after sitting on Rome’s Spanish Steps and tucking into both the forest fruits and hazelnut creations (please note; I was sharing!) In no way ‘classic’, but they sure did ‘pick me up’.
The strawberry with forest fruits tiramisù bursted with fruity-tanginess, which tingled the tastebuds in contrast to the creamy mascarpone filling.
Nutty, rich hazelnuts amped up the decadence of Pompi’s tiramisù alla nocciola and the chopped hazelnut topping added a nice crunch.
A few weeks later, I ventured to tiramisù headquarters; Pompi’s first store and café. Here you can sit-in with a cup of great Italian coffee to complement your tiramisù, and maybe even buy a beautifully composed and decorated cake or pastry on your way out! They even do gelato here – of course, there is a tiramisù flavour.
The classic tiramisù is exactly that; it stays true to the original recipe with layers of soft savoiardi biscuits soaked in coffee, sandwiched between layers of whipped mascarpone cream and coated in a thick layer of bitter cocoa.
Just as with the hazelnut version, the pistachio tiramisù may well have been my favourite. We were a little naughty here and added cream to the top (because obviously, a tiramisù is not creamy enough by itself.. :-)).
Our final sampling – banana and chocolate, streaked with thick, glossy, chocolatey Nutella. A match made in heaven.
Tell them what you think on the way out in the antique-looking comments book.
Pompi (Take Away)
via della Croce, 82 (Piazza Spagna)
T: +06 69941752
Open 10:00-22:30 daily
Via Albalonga, 7b-9-11
T: +06 7000418
Open 07:00-1:30am (Tues-Sun), closed Mon