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Tiramisuís creator stays true to Italian roots in Baltimore
Catholic Review ^ | 4/24/14 | Maria Wiering

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 Baltimore’s 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 I’m in my 20s.”

That’s 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 Italy’s 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 dessert’s provenance is debated by food historians.

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TOPICS: Food; Miscellaneous; Travel
KEYWORDS: baker; baltimore; desserts; tiramisu

1 posted on 04/24/2014 12:58:31 PM PDT by Welchie25
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To: Welchie25

Interesting that you never make comments and post excerpts only from a single source:

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It might almost seem as if you were just here to get some blog-hits.

Have you any thoughts on that?


2 posted on 04/24/2014 1:04:18 PM PDT by humblegunner
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To: Welchie25

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3 posted on 04/24/2014 2:05:30 PM PDT by GOP Poet
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

> 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 dessert’s 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.


4 posted on 04/24/2014 5:37:02 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Welchie25
Carminantonio...

"Red Tony"!

Mmmm... thanks for letting me know about this.

5 posted on 04/30/2014 8:17:03 AM PDT by Albion Wilde ("The commenters are plenty but the thinkers are few." -- Walid Shoebat)
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