Day 81: Amaro Montenegro

Sapore Vero - True Flavor, the best description of my favorite after dinner drink, the renowned Amaro Montenegro. A digestive liqueur of particular taste, Montenegro owes its international fame in part to great marketing, otherwise it probably would have remained a beloved local tipple. Like all liqueurs of the amaro family, Amaro Montenegro is an herbal infusion. … Continue reading Day 81: Amaro Montenegro

Day 95: From Aperitivo to Apericena, the budgeter’s dinner replacement

If you're new to Italy, you'll notice people begin drinking an orange substance during the 11am-12:30pm and 4-8pm time frames. Tables line sidewalks and piazzas and it seems as though everyone has the time to stop for a "spritz", slow down and enjoy life. This time is known as aperitivo, or pre-dinner drinks, time. You … Continue reading Day 95: From Aperitivo to Apericena, the budgeter’s dinner replacement

A few thoughts on Wine

For all our US-based readers, the idea of wine with dinner, especially out at a restaurant, could well be considered a tremendous splurge.  The restaurant industry is notorious for marking up alcohol at a minimum 100% in most cases.  Your knock-off bottle of California Chianti (which can't by law exist by that name in Europe) … Continue reading A few thoughts on Wine