Our Guest (International) Cocktail Chick Reports from Italy!
Our lovely Cocktail Chicks correspondent, Stacey Salamone, went to Italy for two weeks (lucky gal) and reported back. We’ll be posting her travelogues in the upcoming weeks. Here’s the first from Stacey…
I arrived in Rome and was driven directly to Umbria by my lovely friends Claudia & Massimo. The trip was 2 1/2 hours. We arrived at Le Torri Di Bagnara in Pieve San Quirico, Perugia — Italy. I thought I had stepped into heaven.
This is the site for the resort http://www.letorridibagnara.it/inglese.
On my first evening sitting out at the infinity pool with a view of charming village having an Aperol Spritz.
. 3 ounces Aperol
. 1 ounce Prosecco
. 1 ounce club soda
. One slice blood orange
In an ice-filled rocks glass, stir together the Aperol, Prosecco and club soda. Garnish with the blood orange.
In the bustling city of Perugia, Saturday is a night to stroll on the main street. We stopped in the lovely place. To my surprise, it was a combination bar, pastry shop, tapas spot. Grappa & cookies, what an interesting place, to sit & watch the people.
From their site:
Sandri, the oldest umbrian confectioner’s shop, mentioned in “Locali storici d’Italia” and in Newsweek’s “World’s Best Bars”, started its activity in the first half of 1800. Those were the years of the Italy’s Unification and the Swiss citizen Jachen Shucan came to Perugia bringing his culinary art from the other side of Alps.
The name “Sandri” has been used since 1920 when the shop was managed by Nicola Zonder, a swiss citizen grown in Italy and forced by the goverment to “italianize” his surname. He came, as voluntary protector, to save the inheritance of Guglielmo, the young son of his dead friend Claudio. In fact, Guglielmo’s real protectors, the ones chosen by the tribunal, were quickly going to squander his inheritance.
In 1860, Perugia main street, not yet dedicated to Pietro Vannucci, is changing appearence: warehouses and store-rooms are replaced by shops which sell and expose goods.
Jachen Schucan, who changed his name to Giacomo Schucani, find a perfect place for his shop where once you could find Palazzo della Crogna’s stables: a long and narrow room placed where has been for centuries Perugia’s promenade.
Named for the composer of the Barber of Seville
• 2 oz strawberry juice or strawberry puree
• 4 oz Proseco
1. Pour the strawberry juice or strawberry puree into a champagne flute.
2. Slowly add the Proseco.
On the upper terrace of the of Le Torri di Bagnara, with a view of the medieval bell tower, which has apartments that can be rented. The roses on the property
were gorgeous. The weather was mild, no humidity, difficult to believe it was Summer.
- Stacey Salamone