Apparently invented not in Venice itself but in the Veneto, at the Treviso branch of El Toula—a hotel restaurant noted for its good cooking—this simple dessert has become so famous in America that it seems to appear on every menu in the land. The word literally means "pick-me-up"—perhaps a reference to its caffeine content.
- 2 eggs, separated
- 1⁄2 cup sugar
- 1⁄2 cup mascarpone
- 1 cup strong fresh black coffee (not espresso)
- 12 good-quality Italian savoiardi cookies or ladyfingers
- Cocoa powder