RE: The Best Tiramisu
John Tarantino's in San Diego has the best! I asked for the recipe, and was told the pastry chef was out. I got a card and tried calling repeatedly once I got back home. I got the run-around every time. Finally, in desperation, I called and asked for John Tarantino. Not only is he a real person, he sat on the phone with me and patiently explained their recipe step by step. What a guy! The secret is mixing equal parts Kahlua and Sambuca for the ladyfinger dip. In spite of Sambuca's distinct licorice taste, you can't even tell that's what it is. I also think using quality marscapone, and letting it all soak long enough, are important.