An age-old refresher that once graced aristocratic Venetian tables, this was often served in between courses as a palate cleanser, particularly when moving from a seafood to a meat dish. Today, it is commonly served as an after-dinner drink in place of dessert and is often boosted with a splash of vodka (or more untraditionally, limoncello or even sambuca). The fact that the name of this drink comes from the Venetian word to “un-knot” or “to loosen” is no coincidence -- this is one welcome cocktail to enjoy after a big meal.
The Australian-Japanese cookbook author has lived in Florence (where a visit to a cheese farm once inspired her to start a food blog) for over 10 years with her Tuscan sommelier husband and two kids. Her third cookbook, Tortellini at Midnight, is out now.