- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 27, 2014

The Italian restaurant credited with inventing tiramisu is shutting its doors after 75 years because it can’t stay afloat amid Italy’s devastating financial crisis.

Le Beccherie, located in the northern town of Treviso, will serve its last tiramisu — a concoction of mascarpone, coffee, sweet Marsala wine and sponge biscuits — on March 30 when it will shut down for good, the Telegraph reported.

The restaurant’s owner, 60-year-old Carlo Campeol, blamed the closure on “a collapse” in the number of customers, as struggling Italians opt for cheaper service.

According to the Telegraph, it is generally recognized that tiramisu was invented at Le Beccherie in the 1970s by Mr. Campeol’s mother.

Luca Zaia, the president of the surrounding Veneto region, campaigned last year for Treviso to be officially recognized by the European Union as the home of tiramisu.

“This is the end, not just of a piece of Treviso’s history, but also marks the closing of a page in the gastronomic culture of the world,” he said. “Le Beccherie is where tiramisu was born.”

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