We've all heard of the Negroni — the bright cocktail made with gin, sweet red vermouth and Campari — and its distant cousin cocktail the "Negroni sbagliato." Bars around the globe offer the original cocktail and plenty of variations — Dante, a New York City institution that's among the Top 50 World's Best Bars, even offers a full Negroni menu at it...

Never mind the season, it’s always a good time to have aperitivo with friends. A great way to end the day or the working week in good company, this quintessentially Italian habit has become pretty popular around the world, where it’s also known as “happy hour.” We Italians tend to enjoy our end-of-the-day drinks with finger food of all kinds, which...

The concept of going to a bar, and the definition of the bar itself, is very different in Italy from that held in any Anglo-Saxon or Northern European country. A bar in Italy‘s a place for refreshments, where one can have a quick breakfast in the morning, usually consisting of a coffee or cappuccino (strictly drunk in the AM) and a croissant. Throu...

Whether you're hosting a large dinner party or just cooking for yourself, every dinner can be enhanced with the addition of an aperitif. Aperitifs are meant to be drunk before dinner, and they're characteristically dry with low alcohol content, perfect for serving on their own or mixed into delicious, refreshing cocktails (via Advanced Mixology). T...

Once associated with peasants, Grappa has drifted from its modest origins. Today, the spirit is common at Italian dinner tables of all stripes. Grappa’s evolution is a result of both tradition and reinvention, as modern distillers work to refine their products for generations to come. Though its role in modern drinking culture is still progressing,...

No, there's no one named Don that Don Angie, a New York City-based restaurant known for its lasagna and other Italian-style cuisine, was named after. Rather, as Angie Rito explained on "Late Night with Seth Myers," the restaurant's first name simply refers to the traditional Italian sign of respect. As in: "I'm the Don. I'm the boss." Actually, Rit...

In Italy, holiday traditions are deeply intertwined with drinks culture, intersecting as a means of connection and sharing. “Many Italians live outside their hometown for work and return for the holidays, so getting together for drinks before or after big family meals is a daily ritual,” says author and Italian culture expert Katie Parla. Although...

In 1994, Charlie Manno was assigned to entertain two Italian priests on a trip to Chicago. When the Rocky River man took the priests to the airport after their visit, they wanted to reward his kindness. So, Father Franco Todisco pulled out a notepad and wrote down an old family recipe for infusing lemon and coffee liqueurs. Manno thought nothing of...

It seems like everywhere I look, people are drinking amaro. Maybe you’ve seen Florence Pugh waltzing around Venice with an Aperol spritz. Or you’ve been unable to ignore social media posts about Emma D’Arcy’s iconic “Negroni Sbagliato…with prosecco in it.” Regardless if you’re an amaro newbie or you drink some every weekend, you can’t deny that it’...

If you’re looking for a place to wear your boogie shoes, you need to check out Apt. Disco tucked in the upstairs of a building on Detroit’s east side. The new cocktail bar is located above its sister bar Lost River on Mack Avenue, and held a soft opening on Dec. 2. The theme of the bar is in the name: It’s an Italian disco bar that plays music from...