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Classic Negroni Recipes from Cocktail Italiano


My new book, Cocktail Italiano , features over 50 cocktails and 50 nibbles recipes from my time on the Italian Riviera. I am always asked what my favorite cocktail is, and without hesitation I say the classic Negroni or the Negroni Sbagliato from Bar Basso, they make it best.

I am a Campari girl and always will be. Today I am giving you my 2 all time favorite Italian cocktails, and of course, Campari is involved. If you get a chance, order one of these Italian classics in Italy. But if you cannot get there anytime soon, make one at home, sit on the terrace or patio or porch, listen to some Italian hits on spotify and create your own apero-clock at home.


Classic Negroni
serves 1

A very strong cocktail this drink is another classic Italian cocktail.  The Negroni has become very popular in America in the last 5 years.

You will need:
– 1 ounce dry Gin
– 1 ounce Campari
– 1 ounce Italian vermouth

To prepare:

Shake well with cracked ice, then strain into a chilled highball glass and garnish with a twist of orange peel.

Negroni Sbagliato – Bar Basso
serves 1

What can I say about Bar Basso that has not already been written about? It’s the most classic Italian bar you will set foot it. Its owner is famous for this amazing cocktail. It all started as a mistake, but a happy mistake, and those are the best kind. In my opinion, Bar Basso is what a bar should be like: it’s messy and un-kept though it’s chic décor makes it authentic, warm and friendly but still somewhat chaotic. Great looking people of all ages congregate until late into the night. The blaring neon bar sign beckons you to cross the street and order a drink. Settle in and watch the ultimate sartorialist scene unfold. It’s quintessential Milan.

You will need:
– 1 ounce sweet vermouth
– 1 ounce Campari
– 1 ounce lightly sparkling wine
– Orange slice

To prepare:

Combine vermouth and Campari in an ice-filled glass. Top with sparkling wine, stir to combine and garnish.

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Summer on the Italian Riviera #book2


Ciao from Italy! Some of you know that I held my first Italian Riviera Workshop this year, and you may know that we are selling our flat here and buying a house. But what you may not know is that I am working diligently on my next book.

My first book Picture Perfect Parties, Rizzoli, NY was a great seller; people really seemed to love what I had to say about being a great hostess. But most of you have been asking about my next book. Logically speaking, writing a book about my life in food here in Italy would be a natural second book. This summer my husband and I are photographing my next book right here on the Riviera.

Frank, my husband, is an accomplished photographer, and therefore it seemed like the perfect passion project for us to embark upon. He and I, with cameras in hand, have been shooting for the last two weeks and will be shooting all the photographs for my next book for the rest of the summer.

I can’t tell you everything about the subject matter, but let’s just say you’re going to love it, and yes it will be about the Riviera lifestyle. I will be posting behind the scenes, so follow along on my instagram feed to see some of the adventures in the works for book 2.

Thank you to everyone for you support of my first book, and this next one is going to knock your socks off. Cin Cin, and here’s to another book writing adventure! xx


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