Attimi offers a traditional recipe, Pistacchio, Nutella, Pan di Stelle and some seasonal flavours, like Bailey's for Christmas and for March the Mimosa Tiramisù, a traditional Italian cake made with a sponge base and Grand Marnier.*
"Tiramisù has always been the favourite dessert of my family," owner Maria told MTL Blog. "When I was a kid, I was watching and helping my mom making it with so much [pride] and happiness because she knew I was just waiting for that."
As I walked into Tiramisu, I was floored by how gorgeous the space is. With its lush greenery (the bar is decked out in cascading vines) and gold detailing, the ambiance screams laid-back sophistication.
We sat down at a super cozy yet cool-looking booth and began tasting a range of dishes. On the appetizer menu for the evening: burrata, sushi arancini, endive with stracciatella, and tuna tataki. Some dishes leaned more Japanese and others more Italian, but the combination of flavours worked beautifully together.
Moving onto mains, we obviously had to dig into some pizza. We tried a classic Margherita, which is always my baseline test for whether or not a place makes good pizza and this one definitely passed! Then we tried the Mamma Mortadella, which is made with béchamel, mascarpone, pistachios, honey and mortadella.
Of course, the perfect pairing with pizza is pasta. We tried seafood spaghetti with fresh squid ink, scallops, clams, shrimps, salmon and ikura as well as Tonkotsu Lasagna made with béchamel, fior di latte, miso, white wine and pork.
Next, it was time for dessert and I know what you're thinking: "How was the tiramisu?!" A place named after this iconic dessert has a lot to live up to. Tiramisu's version of tiramisu did not dissapoint. It's made with Japanese whiskey as opposed to the traditional Marsala wine and rum, which gives it a really unique flavour. It's also served with burnt marshmallow on top — a tasty touch.
We capped off the night with espresso martini cocktails. After all, Italian culture dictates that one should enjoy an espresso after a night of eating delicious food, drinking delicious drinks and laughing with friends — and that was our experience in a nutshell.
Why You Need To Go: Located in the new Hampton Inn Hotel where Chinatown meets Old Montreal, Tiramisu is the perfect example of cultures colliding to create something totally unique extraordinary — and delicious — in the city.
There is also a flavour that replicates the Indian dish butter chicken, another that replicates a typical Quebec recipe, poutine, as well as one that brings a sweet touch: cotton candy.
Each of them can be purchased in individual seasoning bags, known as "Flavour Boosts," which allow you to transform the traditional macaroni and cheese into a whole new meal.
If some of the flavours we just mentioned sound intriguing to you, you can order 6 Flavour Boosts for $15 on the Kraft Dinner website. Or, you can find them being sold at Walmart in Canada, and "other major grocery stores starting in July."
Ghost pepper is exclusively sold online and unfortunately, the Buffalo wings and poutine flavours are already sold out online.
Youth vaping continues to rise in Canada, despite youth smoking being at its lowest level in decades, according to Health Canada.
The health authority says vaping could lead to tobacco use, threatening Canada's efforts to lower the number of people who smoke.
"Research shows that flavoured vaping products are highly appealing to youth, and that youth are especially susceptible to the negative effects of nicotine - including altered brain development, which can cause challenges with memory and concentration," says Health Canada.
Health Canada's proposed ban — which is open for consultation until September 2 — would prohibit all sugars and sweeteners in vape juices, as well as the majority of flavouring ingredients, with limited exceptions to allow for tobacco and mint or menthol flavours.
The regulatory changes would also include "sensory standards" to "prevent a sensory perception" of flavour other than one that is normal for tobacco and mint flavours.
Health Canada expects that the new changes would make vape products less appealing to young Canadians while providing adult smokers with a small range of flavours to transition to vaping, which it says is a less harmful source of nicotine than cigarettes.
The health authority says businesses that sell vaping products would not suffer an administrative burden from the proposed changes — but they would have to limit their product ranges, potentially resulting in less revenue.
"It doesn't make sense or have any scientific justification," said Flory Doucas, spokesperson for the CQCT.
"Menthol is the second most popular flavour among youth, tied with mango [...] If the goal is to protect youth from the underhanded tactics of the vaping industry, this proposed regulation does not get a passing grade."
Meanwhile, the Coalition des droits des vapoteurs du Québec (CDVQ) said Health Canada's proposals could cause thousands of vapers to reconsider their decision to quit smoking, arguing that the variety of vaping flavours currently available has been key to helping smokers ditch cigarettes and adopt vaping instead.
"Its success lies in its effectiveness in combating smoking insofar as the products to be consumed are pleasant to the taste, whereas that of tobacco reminds them too much of cigarettes," the CDVQ said of vape flavours.
Imperial Tobacco Canada echoed the CDVQ's statement, saying that the proposed changes would only push consumers towards cigarettes.
"The reality is that many smokers are looking for a lower-risk alternative to smoking that they will enjoy. So flavours and nicotine levels play an important role," said Eric Gagnon, vice president of corporate and regulatory affairs for Imperial Tobacco Canada.
"Isn't it the government's duty to provide a reduced-risk product that satisfies these needs so that consumers don't return to smoking?"
The restaurant is owned by two Quebec brothers of Haitian origin, Akim Acacia and Abdel Acacia. The owners say the idea for Piklìz restaurant started after they held "a big outdoor cookout in Angrignon park and more than 100 people fell in love with [Abdel's] food that day."
The $39 option offers two Haitian pâtés, the choice of two dishes between a wrap, poutine or eight wings, two sides of either a mac n' cheese, a large salade, a large bowl of rice or plantains and guacamole, plus a final choice between two hibiscus lemonades or two desserts.
The other option, which is $49 for two people, comes with more typical Haitian food, including poul griyé, shwimps, Haitian pâtés and griyo. You get the choice of two sides from the list above as well, plus two hibiscus lemonades and two desserts.