Amarena Fabbri



The Fabbri Company of Bologna has been making uniquely delicious “Amarena” cherries in syrup for over a century. Only the best wild Amarena cherries are carefully selected and candied in syrup according to Gennaro Fabbri’s original recipe, created in 1905 in the small Emilia Romagna town of Portomaggiore.


The story of the Fabbri Company begins in that year when Ferrara-native Gennaro Fabbri and his wife Rachele took over an old general store in Portomaggiore, which was in close proximity to a wild black cherry orchard. One day, Rachele picked the cherries and slowly cooked them and semi-candied them in copper pots. She transformed the cherries into a wonderfully delicious treat that soon became known as the Amarena Fabbri.

To thank his wife, Gennaro purchased a ceramic jar from Riccardo Gatti, an artist from Faenza. The unmistakable white and blue ceramic jar has become a trademark of Amarena Fabbri ever since.

The company grew in the 1930s, a decade that marked the arrival of cherries in liqueur and the expansion of the product range to include preserves. Gennaro’s sons, Romeo and Aldo, became increasingly active in the business.

During the post-war years and ensuing economic recovery, the launch of a new product gave Fabbri yet another resounding success: cremolato. The compound pastes in classic and fruit flavors were used to make gelato by simply adding water or milk. The product formed a market niche for Fabbri in which the company remains the undisputed leader.

Fabbri continued producing liqueurs into the 1970s, as well as the other traditional products such as Amarena and fruit syrups. With the increasing popularity of the brand, Fabbri continued efforts to diversify production, adding products for restaurants, cafés and bars to its compounds for gelato, amarena cherries and syrups. In 1999, the company changed its name to “Fabbri 1905 SpA,” commemorating the year in which it was founded.

Today, Fabbri 1905 is run by the fourth generation of the Fabbri family, leading a company of 250 employees that boasts some 17 product lines, 23 packaging lines and distributes products in 110 countries worldwide.

Amarena Fabbri cherries are perfect for topping desserts, yet are equally delicious in savory dishes.

Decadent, delicious and flavorful, Amarena Fabbri cherries are still produced from wild black cherries and are crafted today using the same family recipe developed more than 100 years ago. Amarena Fabbri cherries are enjoyed as a delicious topping for gelato, ice cream, cheesecake and desserts, as well as in a multitude of savory dishes and preparations. They are ideal for mixologists to use in innovative cocktails, especially the famous sparkling Amarena Amore Mio, made with Prosecco.

Whether you are creating a new recipe or simply enjoying them out of their beautiful ceramic vase, Amarena Fabbri cherries will make any dessert or dish a memorable, authentically Italian experience.


Redecorating my Florence apartment

So, I’ve been in my current apartment for almost a year now.  I really like it, but decided to do a bit of redecorating and renovation.  Here I will share all of these changes.

First of all, I wanted to update my bedroom.  I got a new bed and a lot of new furniture.  I  had the whole ensemble covered with this blue silk.  What do you think?  Is it maybe a bit too elegant?  I want it to be.



Sometimes I think I may have gone a little too far, but other times I remind myself: YOLO.


Sleep is a wondrous thing and so I had the symbol of poppies incorporated into my new bed.  Is the gold leaf a little over the top?  I surely hope so!


Just a couple more snapshots of my bed.  I love it so much!



In the photo below you can see my new divan, covered in matching silk.  I must say, I need a couple of Murano lamps somewhere on that side of the room.  It tends to be a little dark, even in daytime.



I updated my bathroom and show you just a hint of it here.



I host a lot of get togethers and parties, and my guests are always asking for billiard tables, so I enlarged my game room and bought a couple of vintage tables, chandeliers, etc.  I was going for a men’s social club ambience.  Do you think I achieved it?  I think so.


I recently found this beautiful antique, which is an early sort of pinball table.  It fits nicely in my new room.


My first guests have had a hard time remembering where the bathrooms are, so I put in an “uscita” sign, which you see below.  I felt like “exit” was nicer to have in the room than “bathroom.”  Now, when people ask me where the bathrooms are, I just say, “follow the exit sign.”  So far it has worked pretty well. Sometimes the guests actually leave, which can also be a positive. :-)



So, that’s my new place.  I bought the chandelier below, but haven’t figured out where I want to place it yet.



Ha ha! Or, as Italians write: ahahaha!  April Fool’s!  The pictures are all from one of the Medici villas, the Villa La Pietra in Castello!  So far I am only a Medici heir in my imagination.