Brooklyn’s new Italian-American cocktail bar comes with some serious red-sauce pedigree: Ray Rando, who founded the joint alongside longtime collaborator Eric Madonna, is a former manager of Carbone. And at East Williamsburg newcomer Bar Madonna (367 Metropolitan Ave), the team takes those good ol’ goombah traditions and gives them an irreverent tw...

Bacaro, the new cicchetti and aperitivo bar from the team behind the ever-popular Noto Italian Restaurant, a Sauce Best New Restaurant of 2020, is set to officially open on Wednesday, March 6, after a soft opening last weekend. Bacaro is in the same building as Noto at 5105 Westwood Drive in St. Peters, just downstairs and toward the back of the ma...

Nocino might just be the most delicious booze you've never heard of. Sweet, nutty, woodsy, and surprisingly versatile, this slightly bitter Italian liqueur made from underripe, green walnuts boasts a centuries-long history in its native country.  Though popular for both medicinal and recreational uses in its homeland, nocino is lesser-known outside...

Cent’ Anni opened somewhat quietly in Little Italy just before Thanksgiving. But the buzz around this hard-to-find Italian Amaro bar is growing louder and louder. It’s easy to see why the intimate 40-seat space is getting attention. The name has Cent Anni, which means “may you live 100 years,” and suggests a story. Cent’ Anni is pronounced ‘chent a...

Most people drink amaro before they even realize what it is: an Aperol spritz on a summer afternoon, Campari in a Negroni during a winter happy hour, a finger of Fernet at the end of a meal. Amaro, which means “bitter” in Italian, is an infinitely and intentionally broad category of liqueur that typically involves herbs, and some combination of bit...

Campari, an iconic Italian aperitif, has a rich history steeped in tradition and artisanship. Founded in 1860 by Gaspare Campari in Novara, Italy, the crimson-hued liqueur quickly gained fame for its distinctive bitter flavor profile and became a symbol of Italian culture. The signature notes of Campari are a harmonious blend of bitter herbs, aroma...

An Iowa State chemistry professor who grew up in Italy has turned a family recipe for limoncello into an award-winning business. Sara Pistolesi is co-founder of IA-Native Spirits, which produces Lemoncello 50010 based on her grandmother Maria Pia Murzi’s recipe. That recipe was passed down to her mom, Tiziana Bernotti, and then to Sara herself. “I...

Hit the slopes at Cortina, Val Gardena or Mottolino, and you'll quickly become familiar with one of Italy's most iconic winter cocktails: bombardino. Invented in 1972 by Aldo Del Bò, a ski lift manager in Livigno, bombardino mixes whiskey or brandy and hot zabaione, the Italian version of eggnog, finishing it off with a heap of piped whipped cream....

Grazie Nonna, which rode the Italian-American nostalgia wave when it opened last year, now has a showier cocktail bar neighbor. Grazie Mille, sticking to owner Casey Patten’s gratitude-expressing naming scheme (his downtown sandwich shop is called Grazie Grazie), opened for drinks, Italian bites, and live-spun music last week. With low lighting, ve...

Nestled in the scenic embrace of the Hudson Valley lies Il Figlio Enoteca, a culinary gem that I had the pleasure of discovering on a mission to find the finest dining experiences in the region. This Italian restaurant in Fishkill, NY, is a haven for epicureans, a place where the art of culinary creation meets an ambiance akin to a warm embrace. As...