Best Homey Desserts San Francisco 2006 - Tiramisu at Caffe Greco
This rich Venetian dolce, properly crafted, is every bit as soul-pleasing as butterscotch pudding or homemade cobbler. Caffe Greco's rendition is from an old family recipe and is made on site; true to its name ("pick me up," roughly translated), it's all creamy, boozy, caffeinated pleasure. Layers of génoise, espresso, Marsala, powdered chocolate, and lots and lots of whipped cream chill together until they soak up all the different flavors. The cake is as moist as the cream, and the coffee and chocolate add a snappy, crunchy jolt to the whole luscious shebang. Its perfect accompaniment is a thimbleful of freshly ground Illy espresso, another great pick-me-up and possibly the best cuppa joe in town. This tiramisu is especially satisfying when eaten at one of Greco's sidewalk tables on a sunny afternoon, while watching the people go by.