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Dulcis in fundo - The sweetest part is at the end

by Raffaele De Gennaro

New ways to enjoy Vecchia Romagna and live the Italian lifestyle right here in America

The sweetest part is at the end or save the best for last!  – The phrase, used primarily in Italy, literally translates into “Sweet at the Bottom”. Savor Vecchia Romagna brandy as a mixed drink or with your espresso. How can you go wrong with names like: Caffé Corretto, Caldissimo, Caffé Imperiale and Caffé Shakerato or a Chocaccino Romagna, a Romagna Amorosa or the Green Pear.

Vecchia Romagna traces it’s roots to Jean Buton  founder of the first steam distillery in 1820 when he started distilling Italy’s finest grapes and aged the brandy in oak casks, the result is an aromatic and complex Brandy bottled in a triangular bottle. The brandy is outstanding served on the rocks or in a snifter, some swear it’s just divine when poured over ice cream, while others prefer to make a Vecchia Romagna Side Car, which some of you are too young to remember, so here’s the recipe from Vecchia Romagna : In a shaker filled with ice, combine 1 oz of  Vecchia Romagna, 1 oz of triple sec, 1 oz of lemon juice, shake and pour in a martini glass, decorate with lemon rind. You can also do a Vecchia Romagna Collins, a Vecchia Romagna Alexander, the American Beauty and the Vecchia Romagna Horse’s Neck. Look for the recipes below.

Dulcis in fundo – “the sweetest part is at the end”

By now we’re all a bit too familiar with the macchiato’s, the latte, the mocha, the Americano and so forth served in trendy coffee shops throughout the US. I feel it’s time for introducing some sweet at the end of our meal or the “dulcis in fundo” as the Romans called it, and take your espresso to a whole new level, stepped it up a notch or two.

I found some great recipes from the newest Italian Vecchia Romagna brochure on how to make and serve Caffé Corretto, Caldissimo, Caffé Imperiale and Caffé Shakerato (in a shaker), see the recipes alongside the illustrations below:

 

And for those of you that are a bit more intrepid, there’s the Chocaccino Romagna, the Romagna Amorosa and the Green Pear:

 

Download a  PRINTABLE FILE .pdf with MORE RECIPES from Vecchia Romagna

So what are you waiting for? Go to your favorite Liquor Store and start experimenting! – Treat yourself and impress your guests, or relax and enjoy Vecchia Romagna in your favorite Restaurant. Certain your next dinner will be more fun and definitely more complete with some DULCIS in FUNDO.

My name is Raffaele De Gennaro and I work as a wine consultant for Vias Imports, the people that are making it possible for you to enjoy Vecchia Romagna in the USA. I work as a consultant for Vias Imports Ltd. in the Hudson Valley area and the Bronx and sell Vecchia Romagna to Restaurants and Liquor stores. If you can’t find Vecchia Romagna in your neck of the woods, just have the Restaurateur or Liquor Store contact me via email: rdegennaro@viaswine.com or call me at 212-629-0200 x373 .

Right now you can find Vecchia Romagna in the following Liquor Stores and Restaurants, alphabetically listed for your convenience:

  • ABRAHAM MIDDLETOWN W & L
    3001 Middletown Rd., Bronx 10461
    718-792-2845
  • ADMIRAL WINE
    911 North Broadway #1, White Plains 10603
    914-997-1900
  • ANTONIO’S TRATTORIA
    2370 Belmont Avenue, Bronx 10458
    718-733-6630
  • ARIES WINE & SPIRITS
    128 West Post Road, White Plains 10603
    914-946-3382
  • ARLINGTON WINE & LIQUOR
    718 Dutchess Tpk, Poughkeepsie 12603
    845-452-2175
  • ART of WINE
    18 Cooley Street, Pleasantville 10570
    914-769-0206
  • AROMA OSTERIA
    114 Old Post Road, Wappinger Falls 12590
    845-298-6790
  • BIG E WINE & LIQUOR
    690 McLean Avenue, Yonkers 10704
    914-965-0012
  • BREWSTER WINE & LIQUOR
    1515 Route 22, Lakeview Plz., Brewster 10509
    845-279-5838
  • CROSSROAD WINES & LIQUOR
    393 Tarrytown Road, White Plains 10607
    914-997-2318
  • DOLPHIN
    1 Van Der Donk St., Yonkers 10701
    914-751-8170
  • ENZO’S OF ARTHUR AVENUE
    2339 Arthur Avenue, Bronx 10458
    718-733-4455
  • ENZO’S RESTAURANT TREMONT
    1998 Williamsbridge Road, Bronx 10461
    718-409-3828
  • FRANKIE & JOHNNIES
    77 Purchase Street, Rye 10580
    914-925-3900
  • GAVI
    15 Old Route 22, Armonk 10504
    914-273-6900
  • HAIKU ASIAN BISTRO
    56 Pondfield Road, Bronxville 10708
  • HARRISON WINE VAULT
    289 Halstead Avenue, Harrison 10528
    914-835-0125
  • IL BACIO RESTAURANT
    1 Park Place, Bronxville 10708
    914-337-4100
  • IL BARILOTTO RESTAURANT
    1113 Main Street, Fishkill 12524
    845-897-4300
  • LA GROTTA II RESTAURANT
    811 MacLean Avenue, Yonkers 10704
    914-237-4075
  • LE FONTANE RISTORANTE
    137 New York 100,  Katonah, 10536
    914-232-9619
  • LEHIGH LIQUORS, INC
    2929 Westchester Avenue, Bronx 10461
    718-794-9463
  • LIQUOR & WINE WAREHOUSE
    1720 Eastchester Road, Bronx 10461
    718-863-2990
  • LIQUOR LAND
    513 Boston Post Road, Port Chester 10573
    914-937-2335
  • LIQUOR OUTLET
    61 Rockland Center/Route 59, Nanuet 10954
    845-623-7827
  • LIQUORFELLERS
    1761 Central Park Avenue, Yonkers 10710
    914-793-6110
  • LUSARDI’S
    1885 Palmer Avenue, Larchmont 10538
    914-834-5555
  • MANOR WINES & SPIRITS
    1187 Pleasantville Road, Briarcliff Manor 10510
    914-834-3344
  • MID VALLEY WINE & LIQUOR INC.
    39 N. Plank Road, #1, Newburgh 12550
    845-562-1070
  • MIMA
    63 Main St, Irvington 10533
    914-591-1300
  • MONAMI DISCOUNT LIQUOR
    2090 White Plains Road, Bronx 10462
    718-597-5482
  • MT. CARMEL WINE
    609-11 EAST 187th Street, Bronx 10458
    718 367-7833
  • MULINO RESTAURANT
    99 Court Street, White Plains 10601
    914-761-1818
  • NIKO’S TAVERNA
    287 Central Avenue, White Plains 10606
    914-686-6456
  • SPACCARRELLI’S RESTAURANT
    238 Saw Mill River Road, Millwood 10546
    914-941-0105
  • SPADARO RESTAURANT
    211 Main Street, New Rochelle 10801
    914-235-4595
  • SPOTOS RESTAURANT
    4005 East Tremont Avenue, Bronx 10465
    718-828-5613
  • ST. GEORGE LIQUOR
    660 Columbus Avenue, Thornwood 10594
    914-769-7711
  • STATION PLAZA WINE & SPIRITS
    102 Kraft Avenue, Bronxville 10708
    845-628-1933
  • STERLING CELLARS
    179 Route 6, Mahopac 10541
    914-337-0631
  • STEW LEONARD’S WINE & SPIRITS
    1 Stew Leonard Drive, Yonkers 10710
    914-375-4713
  • VALENTINO RESTAURANT
    132 Bronx River Road, Yonkers 10704
    914-776-6731
  • VISCOUNT WINE & LIQUORS
    1173 RTE 9, Wappinger Falls 12590
    845-298-0555
  • VINIFERA WINE & SPIRITS
    410 Mamaroneck Avenue, Mamaroneck 10543
    914-698-3802
  • WILLIAMSBRIDGE WINE & LIQUOR
    2011 Williamsbridge Road, Bronx 10461
    718-828-4560

My name is Raffaele De Gennaro and I work as a wine consultant for Vias Imports, the people that are making it possible for you to enjoy Vecchia Romagna in the USA. I work  in the Hudson Valley area and the Bronx and sell Vecchia Romagna to Restaurants and Liquor stores. If you can’t find Vecchia Romagna near you, just have the Restaurateur or Liquor Store contact me via email: rdegennaro@viaswine.com or call me at 212-629-0200 x373 (leave a message).

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