Skip to comments.Tiramisuís creator stays true to Italian roots in Baltimore
Posted on 04/24/2014 12:58:31 PM PDT by Welchie25
Dressed in bakers whites, Carminantonio Iannaccone sat down at a table as the lunch crowd filtered out of Piedigrotta, the bakery he owns in Baltimores Little Italy. He took a sip of coffee from a white cup, clearly spent from his morning in the kitchen.
His day typically starts around 4 a.m.
Asked his age, he replied 68 in August, then leaned in and added: But I feel like Im in my 20s.
Thats a remarkable statement from a man who has lived quite the life. He was born in 1946 in Avellino, Italy, when the country was economically depressed from World War II. The second of six children, he went to work in a bakery at age 9 to help his family provide.
At 12, he lied about his age to get a gelato-making gig in Milan, moving nearly 500 miles northwest from his home near Naples from the ankle of Italys boot to its top. Knowing hard work was the only way he would make a living, he learned the art of making pastry and pizza and, by his early 20s, was serving as pastry chef and opening restaurants near Venice. He married and soon had two sons.
Iannaccone was good at his work, and restaurants wanted his desserts. After success with a food distribution business, he moved to Baltimore to help a business contact launch an Italian restaurant.
Although he and his wife, Bruna, had initially planned to return to Italy, events compelled them to stay. Now they run Piedigrotta on 1300 Bank Street, where everything is handmade with Italian authenticity.
In the midst of it all, Iannaccone invented tiramisu.
Or so he says.
A Washington Post reporter investigated the claim in 2007 and found it credible, although the desserts provenance is debated by food historians.
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Interesting that you never make comments and post excerpts only from a single source:
It might almost seem as if you were just here to get some blog-hits.
Have you any thoughts on that?
> In the midst of it all, Iannaccone invented tiramisu. Or so he says. A Washington Post reporter investigated the claim in 2007 and found it credible, although the desserts provenance is debated by food historians.
My grandfather, Bob Cobb, invented the Cobb Salad. Oh, and my other grandfather, Carmino Pio III, invented a robot he named C3PO.
Mmmm... thanks for letting me know about this.