Tiramisu: A Delicious Slice of Home Amidst a Big City

If ever one has a yearning for authentic, Italian pizza, with crispy, thin crust, delectable “bufalla” mozzarella and fresh ingredients, there is a place that could easily fulfill this craving: Tiramisu. The family’s goal when opening this classy-yet-homey Italian restaurant was to provide the inhabitants of Santiago with real pizza and Italian food. Among the high-rise business buildings and endless apartments of Las Condes, Tiramisu can be somewhat of a refuge if seeking lunch, or dinner, in the midst of a busy day.

Santiago Chile
Photo by Rebecca Gaulin

The restaurant opened in July 2001 with only 15 tables. Now, the family-owned eatery, located in the heart of Las Condes’ El Golf district, has grown to an expansive 132 tables, with a patio, various dining rooms and bars. The restaurant’s style presents a fusion of familiar pizzeria idiosyncrasies, with red-checkered tablecloths and rustic wooden architecture, and a comfortable air of sophistication with wide windows, pleasantly atmospheric music and a bamboo ceiling that gives the illusion of being open to the outside.

Santiago Chile
Photo by Rebecca Gaulin

As for the food, its quality exceeds just any normal pizza place. Although this restaurant is in Chile, it is difficult to distinguish between Italy and South America, according to the mouthwatering meals produced by the chefs. Each dish appears to be of monumental proportion and flavor and upon opening the menu, there is a compelling cornucopia of cuisine waiting to be chosen and consumed. Whether you are vegetarian, a meat-lover, or just looking for a fairly low-priced meal, Tiramisu’s menu will not let you down with its selection of salad, pasta, calzoni, piadine rogmanole, focaccine, fogaze and of course pizza. Also, it is affordable for all; the pizzas and other dishes are generally between CP$3,000 to CP$6,000 (US $5.00 to $11.00).

If in the mood for an appetizer, the bruschetta and/or shrimp skewers are highly recommended. The bruschetta includes thin toast topped with a salsa of tomato, olive oil, fresh herbs, spices and fresh basil. The numerous leaves of fresh and fragrant basil accompany and embellish every part of the dish. The shrimp skewers are crispy, flavorful and abundant; far from the usual, meager shrimp cocktail.

Santiago Chile
Photo by Rebecca Gaulin

For the main course, straying away from pizza is not a bad choice, but not necessarily recommended due to the vast selection of choice toppings. They include pineapple, chicken, mushroom, spinach, various cheeses and beyond. On the other hand, the piadine rogmanole, is a deliciously large, pizza-taco dish that consists of a shell of crispy pizza dough enveloping any variety of fillings that would usually top a pizza. There are also lighter options, like the Caesar salad, that are just as flavorful and in demand. Finally, Tiramisu’s enormous menu of ice cream, panna cotta, crème brulee and variations of the famous tiramisu should not be missed.

Santiago Chile
Photo by Rebecca Gaulin

Tiramisu accommodates an array of customers, from families to businessmen. It is normal to find a large crowd of diners on their lunch breaks from 1pm to 3pm during the week. In the evening Tiramisu is apparently the place where the younger generation goes to pre-party before a night out on the town. Finally, on the weekends, it is a more family-oriented restaurant, where people go to dine for a relaxed evening with the family.

The goal of the restaurant is to “feel like you are eating at home,” Jesse, the owner’s sister-in-law said as she bumbled around the restaurant greeting customers in a friendly and unpretentious manner. The place is full of delicious lunches and dinners, fresh ingredients and a welcoming staff, so if ever you need a break from the busy day, or night, take a journey into the aromatic, flavorful world of Italian cuisine at Tiramisu.

Tiramisu
Las Condes
Isidora Goyenechea 3141
(562) 519 49 00
Metro: El Golf
www.tiramisu.cl

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