Italian grappas are rightly among the excellences that make Italy famous all over the world for its food and wine products, characterized by excellent quality and ancient tradition. This distillate is still produced today following a historical process. Here you will discover what they are and you will know the long history of Italian grappa. You w...

One of the most famous digestivi, or after-dinner drinks, in Italy, limoncello is also the pride and joy of Italy’s Campania and Liguria regions. And with reason. If you’ve ever had a sip of this sweet, almost fluorescent-yellow liqueur (perhaps poured for you as a sign of thanks after a dinner in Italy?), you know that it’s not like any other dige...

Craving a quick trip to Positano without your passport? Just jet on over to Chelsea where you can dine and imbibe like an Italian on holiday at the new Alba Accanto. The breezy "cocktail and crudi" bar comes from Prince Street Hospitality and the team behind adjacent hot spot Cucina Alba, led by hospitality vets Cobi Levy and Will Makris. Following...

Traveling to Italy has culinary rewards that include pizza and pasta as well as many more Italian foods and desserts. But, make no mistake – some of these edible rewards are best imbibed from a glass. In Italy, people fill sidewalk cafes every day of the week. While munching on a range of snacks, from salumi to cheese, their hands clutch glasses of...

Like the Italian food scene in New Jersey, the world of Italian cocktails is vast and varied. It includes specialty wines and spirits, such as amaro, vermouth, prosecco and limoncello, which are usually categorized as aperitivo (before a meal) or digestivo (to aid digestion). Variations on the Aperol spritz, which gets its name from the zesty, oran...

Little Italy’s customary cuisine and (pre-dinner) cocktails have traveled northwest into the trendy West Village neighborhood for a restyle. Aperitivo ‘tails, such the fizzy Aperol Spritz, are experiencing a thoughtful upgrade under top restaurateurs and bev-experts—calling the “who’s who” to the city’s West Side. “There’s been an uptick in regiona...

Chances are, mentioning words like “Spumante” or “Moscato” will elicit a full-body shudder. These Italian sparkling wines have the reputation of being sweet, sugary and highly hangover-provoking. And for good reason. “It maybe has something to do with the millions of bottles of dubiously-produced Spumante d’Asti wine that flooded the U.S. market in...

The aperitivo is practically an institution in Italy. An early evening drink, the aperitivo is supposed to stimulate the appetite before dinner, as compared to the digestivo, a drink supposed to help with digestion after dinner. While this sounds as if Italians use any old excuse to enjoy a nice drink — and why not? — the aperitivo is much more a s...

Whoever studies the history of medicine finds L’Orvietan,” says Lamberto Bernardini. In his laboratory in Orvieto, Italy, a medieval hill town famous for its soaring duomo, that history is all around. Bernardini’s vaulted, frescoed space dates to the 1200s. One of the rooms in his lab is a museum-like space filled with historic books and framed ant...

Not sure about you, but I had an absolute humdinger of a holiday season: Between all the roasts and cakes, and punches and nogs, I am, even two-plus weeks later, in desperate need of a digestivo or two. What’s a digestivo (or if you prefer le français, digestif), you may ask? It’s any after-dinner drink — from sambuca to cognac — that’s supposed to...