Thursday, March 10, 2016

Bellina Alimentari Creates Amore with Amaro

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Emily Connolly or Morgan Dyches
Melissa Libby & Associates

Ponce City Market Eatery Introduces Atlanta to the Allure of Little-Known Liqueur

ATLANTA (March 10, 2016) – Bellina Alimentari bar manager Corey Phillips has a deep affinity for amaro, an Italian liqueur infused with a hint of macerated wildflowers, herbs and roots. He is hoping to help Atlantans discover the little-known liqueur’s wide flavor spectrum through the extensive selection of individual labels and amaro-based craft cocktails he is serving guests of Bellina Alimentari.

“Amaro is similar to wine in that it offers a strong sense of local terroir,” Phillips says. “No two are alike given the local herbs, roots or wildflowers that are infused. Ingredients can include orange peel, ginseng root, angostura bark and cinchona bark. The layers of flavor that come through with each sip are absolutely amazing. Few restaurants offer the wide selection we do. I want to help our guests learn to pull out individual flavors, such as cardamom or nutmeg, and sense the subtle differences.”

To help diners experience amaro’s natural allure, Phillips and his team have created a unique selection of amaro-based cocktails, including the following:

Bellina  - Dimmi, grenadine, 1821 Blackberry Balsamic, Franciacorta ($12)
Rocky Marciano - Amaro Montenegro, Carpano Antica vermouth, basil, lime, sugar ($10)
Fine d’Estate - gin, Amaro Nonino, Vya extra dry vermouth ($11)
The Bocciolo - Lazzaroni Amaretto, Aperol, Byrrh, lemon, cardamom tincture, orange flower water ($10)
Phillips is also excited about the Culinary Club "Introduction To Amaro" class Bellina Alimentari is hosting on Wednesday, March 16 from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. The $28 class fee includes a guided amaro tasting and a savory sampling of appetizers. Participants can register online.
“Amaro producers put so much time and passion into crafting each blend,” Phillips says. “I want to share that passion with our customers. I believe they’ll be astounded.”
About Bellina AlimentariBellina Alimentari, which loosely translates to "lovely specialty food store," was founded on the belief that every meal should be an amazing experience, and quality and ethics never need to be compromised in the pursuit of value. Italian food as a way of life means that each dish is tasty, fresh, whole and balanced. The menu at Bellina Alimentari changes seasonally to reflect the availability of produce from local farmers. Meat is sourced from farms where every animal is respected, treated humanely and pasture raised. Located at 675 Ponce de Leon Avenue NE, in the Central Food Hall of Ponce City Market, Bellina Alimentari is delicious, fair and affordable. For additional information and updates, visit, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, or call 404-330-9933.


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