An iconic Italian dessert, tiramisu comes from the Treviso dialect, ‘tireme su’. It was modified to tiramisu in the 20th century. Tiramisu translates to ‘pick me up’; it originated in Treviso in Italy in 1800. The sweet treat is made with mascarpone, sponge cake, savoiardi (or ladyfingers), espresso and cocoa powder. It is believed that the dessert was invented as an aphrodisiac by a mistress who belonged to a house of pleasure in Treviso. She offered it to her customers who might have had conjugal problems with their wives. In the 19th century, tiramisu was meant to be natural viagra. An old inn in the centre of Treviso, later known as Le Beccherie restaurant, added the dessert to its menu and has been credited with the invention of the dish. The restaurant was run by the Campeol family from 1939 until 2014. These days, variations of tiramisu by different chefs have cropped up.