The tiramisu wars heat up between Burnaby and New West. What's a belly to do?

My very first “Bite. Me.” blog was me saying that I had “likely” found the perfect tiramisu.

After it was published, I had a nagging feeling that I might have overstated things. Not that the tiramisu at Chez Christophe on Hastings in Burnaby wasn’t incredible. It is still amazing.

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But in the two months since that blog, two other mind-blowing tiramisus have come into my life.

They are so good that now I’m trapped in a dangerous food love triangle.

And one isn’t even in Burnaby. It’s across the border in downtown New Westminster – sparking a sort of tiramisu war.

The third tiramisu is at a place I wrote about last week – Sopra Sotto. It’s a swirling cornucopia of spongy goodness, espresso cream, chocolate bits and more.

But the real star is the tiramisu sundae at Piva, a modern Italian restaurant attached to the Anvil Centre.

It comes in a big-ass mason jar, chilled to perfection. Inside is espresso ice cream that is made in-house by people who know what they are doing. Then there is homemade coffee cake, mascarpone whip and an orange-chocolate-almond brittle.

I should have eaten it while wearing a seatbelt because I got weak and nearly slid out of my chair.

It’s sweet, but not overly so. The bitterness of the espresso balances things out.

Look, when I set out on this foodie blog journey, the plan was to write about my favourite bites in Burnaby.

Ignoring something this incredible, just because it’s a little over the border, wouldn’t be fair. The rest of Piva is pretty special too. I had a lobster risotto that didn’t skimp on the lobster or the flavour.

I’m not sure where this leaves me. I had thought I had found the most perfect tiramisu and that no other could be its equal. And then this comes along.

I guess there’s room in my belly for more perfection.

DISCLAIMER: I have not be paid by the restaurant in question for this blog. I paid for my own meal and the restaurants have no idea I am writing about them.

Follow Chris Campbell on Twitter @shinebox44.

PS: If you have great bites you want me to try in our community, email me at ccampbell@burnabynow.com

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