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“Salute” means “Cheers” in Italian!

You may already know that food is a great way to explore the world. Earlier this week, we featured three Italian dishes and touted them as a great way to get a taste of Italy without having to leave your kitchen. Since drinking is closely linked to eating and mealtime in Italian culture, it’s only right for us — with help from our friends at Thirstie — to provide you with beverage pairings to go with what’s #OnTheMenu. Cheers! Or as the Italians say, Salute!

Cocktail: Negroni

The negroni is the perfect spring drink and loved by Italians everywhere. Plus, the Campari acts as an aperitif to whet your appetite for the meal to come.

Negroni (Photo credit: Thirstie)

1 ounce smooth gin, e.g. Hendrick’s
1 ounce Campari
1 ounce sweet vermouth, e.g. Martini Rosso
Orange twist or slice

Stir the gin, Campari and vermouth in a shaker or mixing glass filled partway with ice. Strain into a rocks glass filled with ice. Garnish with an orange twist or slice.

Wine: For Chef Eli’s Spaghetti Carbonara

Graham Beck Sparkling Rose Brut

A dry, sparkling rose like this South African bottle will cut through the wonderful salty, fatty flavors of traditional spaghetti carbonara. It will refresh the palate as it complements the dish.

Wine: For Chef Jeanelle’s Spaghetti & Meatballs or Chef Elena’s Chicken Parm

Quattro Mani 2014 Montepulciano d’Abruzzo

Dry, juicy reds are always my favorite wines to drink with hearty red sauces, especially when white meats like chicken and turkey are involved.



This classic Italian beer goes with everything. It’s light, kind of like the Bud of Italy, but there’s something fun about drinking the party beer from another country.

Posted on April 22nd, 2016 by Ara Galarza