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Sambuca is a liqueur originating in Italy and used in coffees, desserts and even main dishes. It is a colorless liqueur made from anise and has its origin in Italy. The liqueur contains distillates of green anise and star anise. Its popularity spread to the United States and is offered in high end restaurants today. Romana Sambuca is an Italian brand which boasts having the strength and consistency reminiscent of the Roman Coliseum.

A cafe is called a “bar” in Italy. There are “bars” on almost every corner in Rome.  Most Italian bartenders prepare a variety of coffee styles. Caffe Corretto is simply adding a few drops of liquor into an espresso shot. Sometimes, the liquor is served in a shot alongside the coffee for the customer to pour the quantity they prefer. A few bartenders let regular customers make their own drink providing the espresso shot and the bottle of liquor.

Sambuca is splashed in coffee or served topped with 3 toasted espresso beans called con la mosca, “with flies”.  Besides giving a little caffeine kick, chewing on the beans highlight Sambuca’s flavor. “It is as strong as vodka or whisky (37.5%) but is easier to drink due to its sweetness which masks the taste of the alcohol. It tastes like aniseed or liquorice and comes in several varieties and colors, including white sambuca (which is clear), black sambuca (which is more like a dark purple) and red sambuca (which is red).

Romana is the world's bestselling export brand of Sambuca.  It was one of the first to be effectively marketed.  Made by the Pallini family, specializing in liquor since 1875, Romana Sambuca has long been the bartender’s preference over competitors.

The atmosphere and mood are different in Italian cafes from many other places. No one is rushed and the bar owners and wait staff follow a cultural etiquette to keep their customers comfortably lounging (and staying) in their establishment. The serving dishes are unique. Traditionally, coffee is served in a variety of colorful floral porcelain ceramic dishes. These beautiful dishes add fun and prestige to the experience of the Italian coffee.

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Romana Sambuca Vintage Cups

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