Photos of desserts and drinks containing Amaretto will be flowing through Instagram feeds as it is National Amaretto Day today.
National Amaretto Day is observed on April 19 every year. Amaretto is an almond flavored liqueur with a hint of sweetness made from bitter almonds, apricot kernels, or both. The liqueur was originated in Saronno, Italy during the 1525 Renaissance period when painter Bernardo Luini chose a young innkeeper as his model for a fresco of the Madonna of the Miracles.
The innkeeper thanked Luini for choosing her as a model by giving him a gift of her very own exclusive almond and brandy concoction. Centuries later in Saronno, the innkeeper’s secret recipe became well known as Disaronno began producing this recipe for a wider market. In the 1940’s, Disaronno Originale began appearing in sales ad’s in the United States and the rest is history.
Manhattan, of course, is full of bars, bakeries, and ice cream shops that offer Amaretto based items. Places in Manhattan where you can celebrate National Amaretto Day are:
Il Laboratorio Del Gelato, 188 Ludlow Street
Located on the Lower East Side, this gelato place has over 300 flavors with Amaretto Crunch being one of them. This flavor happens to be one of the lab’s best sellers and can be paired with other flavors for your palate to experience an unusual yet delightful combination of gelato flavors.
Eileen’s Special Cheesecake, 17 Cleveland Place
Right in Lower Manhattan, you can purchase an Amaretto Cheesecake from Eileen’s Special Cheesecake. Rated as the "Number one Cheesecake" by WOR Radio, the cheesecakes at Eileen’s are baked with nothing but love. The Amaretto Cheesecake contains slivered almonds soaked in Amaretto liqueur on top of a classic New York Cheesecake.
Li-Lac Chocolates, 40 8th Avenue
Li-Lac Chocolates has been in the game since 1923 and is located in the West Village. Get your Amaretto fix by purchasing a box of Amaretto Chocolate Truffles. The truffles at Li-Lac’s are made fresh daily, gluten-free, and Kosher Certified.
Macao Trading Co., 311 Church Street
Macao Trading Co. lies on the edge of Tribeca. Macao Trading Co. is a 1940’s gambling-like parlor that sets an exotic backdrop for Chinese-Portuguese small plates. Stop by after work and order some of the delectable dishes offered at Macao Trading Co. Afterwards, order an Amaretto Luxardo to digest all the delicious food you ate.
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