This is a preview of the content in our Italian Food Decoder app. Get the app to:
  • Read offline
  • Remove ads
  • Add Map function to find sites, as well as your own custom locations (your hotel...)
  • Build a list of your own favourites
  • Search the contents with our advanced text search functionality
  • ... and more!
iOS App Store Google Play

amaretto

almond-flavoured liqueur

Versatile amaretto ('the little bitter one') is a key ingredient not only in amaretti but also in many other desserts and cocktails. Made from apricot bits or almonds, it dates back at least to the 16th century (see Disaranno), invented, or so they say, when Leonardo da Vinci's student Bernardino Luini came to paint the church in Saranno, the traditional Lombard cradle of amaretto. He used an attractive young widow from the town as his model for the Madonna; they became lovers, and she gave him a rare gift: apricot kernels soaked in brandy. Hence amaretto.

Text © Dana Facaros and Michael Pauls

Images by: Infrogmation of New Orleans