One of the fondest memories of the mixologists’ trip to Italy was our visit to the famous Bar Zucca in Milan’s Galleria, where our team learned about the Milanese tradition of drinking amaro over crushed ice before dinner. That’s Chiara Nonino with us in the photos.
One of the first places that the Nonino family wanted to take us and show us was the Caffetteria Torinese in the town of Palmanova (not far from the distillery in Percoto, Friuli).
One of the reasons that they wanted to share this special and historic “bar” with us is the fact that owner Nereo Ballestriero’s famous bar was called the “best bar in Italy” by the Gambero Rosso Guide to the Bars of Italy 2011.
But they also took us there because, in their view, the caffetteria embodies everything an Italian “bar” should be: from its superb coffee service to its specialty cocktail menu, wine list, and creative and sophisticated noshes, the Caffetteria Torinese fulfills every expectation and satiates any desire.
In fact, that’s exactly what’s so unique about the Italian “bar”: its service ranges from coffee and breakfast to a sandwich at lunch with a glass of beer, from an aperitif (Amaro Nonino over ice with a slice of orange and a splash of seltzer?) to an elegant bottle of sparkling Ribolla Gialla with a light dinner or a Nonino distillate as digestivo after a meal at a favorite restaurant.
During the mixologist trip to Friuli in October 2011, Patricia Richards and Mike Ryan managed to duck into Harry’s Bar, Venice, for a quick Bellini. Always a favorite!
Caroline on Crack writes an awesome blog, the eponymous, Caroline on Crack, one of our favorite blogs devoted to fun stuff to do in Los Angeles.
And she likes to photograph the cocktails she drinks, like the stunning image below of a “Harvest Moon,” made with applejack, Amaro Nonino, Lillet, apple juice, and Angostura at Big Bar (in LA, obviously!).
Caroline on Crack is super cool…
Caffetteria Torinese in Palmanova, Friuli.
Fantastic buffalo’s milk ricotta spread over bread or topped with taggiasca olives.
AND they have WIFI! Awesome!