Best Amaro Selection

Gio's Pizza & Bocce

According to national industry leaders, amaro is poised to make a big comeback soon. The East Bay can get a sneak peek before the Italian herbal liqueur blows up at Gio’s Pizza & Bocce, which stocks an astonishing variety of amaro — and vermouth. (Amaro is made from grain-based alcohols and usually consumed after dinner, while vermouth is wine-based and typically poured before a meal.) The collection spans new styles from local distillers as well as vintage labels dating back to the pre-Prohibition era. Try them straight-up in an amaro flight, which comes with an educational history lesson, or in one of the bar’s creative cocktails. The house-kegged spritzes are especially appealing, unique options — refreshing, often herbaceous, seasonal concoctions that showcase amaro’s bitter edge while still being entirely slurpable, served in an elegant glass with pretty garnishes.

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