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tiramisu in Portland

RachaelLK | May 10, 200210:45 AM

Hello fellow chowhounders,
I know that it's seen as a throughback to the Reagan years (I have an excuse - I wasn't even a teenager then!), but I really adore a good slice of tiramisu. I've searched all about town to no avail, and was hoping that someone could assist me. What I want: marscapone, not whipped cream (though some is necessary), as the primary ingredient. Nearly saturated lady fingers/poundcake, ideally with a sweet liquor (kaluha, ameretto, even frangelico, just NOT rum!) and coffee. Layers with sifted unsweetened/bittersweet chocolate atop them. I had a terrifying version by a reputable caterer with whole chocolate chips on top! And enough of these "tiramisu cakes" - they're no different than other crappy store-bought white cakes - only these have "coffee" flavoring.
Where I've tried, to varying degrees of success: Il Piato/Sala (good, but the cornmeal was just to grainy for me), Ginos (too cake-like), Ken's home plate (no comment....see above), Il Fornaio (surprisingly, one of the better ones), Little Italy's Cucina (actually quite nice, but not there yet!) and others.
Oh, and I tried to go to Castagne last night, but they have taken it off of the dessert menu for now...seasonal fruits are the big dessert focus.

Any help?!

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