In 2011, I took a 2 week tour of Italy, one of my favorite places was Sorrento it is a small town in Campania, southern Italy, with approximately 16,500 inhabitants. It is a popular tourist destination which can be reached easily from Naples and Pompeii, as it lies at the south-eastern end of the Circumvesuviana rail line. The town overlooks the Bay of Naples as the key place of the Sorrentine Peninsula, and many viewpoints allow sight of Naples itself, MountVesuvius and the Isle of Capri.
Sorrento has several agricultural productions that includes citrus fruit, wine, nuts and olives. Although it is most famous for the production of limoncello, a digestif made from lemon rinds, alcohol, water and sugar.
The original recipe is the yellow and wrinkled lemon skin enriched by water, alcohol and spoons of sugar. The preparation is easy but meticulous in a bit less than three months; the traditional yellow liquor will be ready to taste as an aperitif or digestive, before or after meals.
The history of the original recipe of limoncello comes form many legends over the years. Its paternity is competed by Sorrentini, Amalfitani and Capresi. In small plots of kilometers, three populations boast of a production of limoncello passed on by various generations. In Capri, someone says that its origins are linked to the events of the family of the businessman Massimo Canale who, in 1988, registered the first trademark “Limoncello”. The liquor was born at the beginning of the 1900’s, in a small boarding house of the island Azzurra, where the lady Maria Antonia Farace took care of a rigorous garden of lemons and oranges. The nephew, during the post-war period, opened a bar near Alex Munte’s villa. The specialty of that bar was the lemon liquor made with nonna’s old recipe.
Sorrento and Amalfi have some legends and stories on the production of the traditional yellow liquor. On the coastal, for example, the story narrates that the big families of Sorrento, at the beginning of 1900, would always ensure that their illustrious guests would get a taste of limoncello, made according to the traditional recipe. In Amalfi, there’s even who believes that the liquor has older origins, almost linked to the lemon cultivation. However, as it frequently happens in these...