I love a Negroni, so you can imagine my excitement when I learned that I could choose from a menu of ten!  The Trattoria Milano at Eataly has just launched a new Negroni menu.  Even if you are new to the Negroni, no worries!   Eataly’s new Negroni menu has something for everyone.  There is even a Zero ABV option, which is always a welcome addition.  

What is a Negroni?

A classic Negroni is made of equal parts of three ingredients: gin, sweet vermouth and Campari. It is traditionally garnished with an orange twist. Gin is the alcohol with the most punch, vermouth is the sweetener, and Campari is the bittering agent and gives the citrusy flavour. With a world of gins, vermouths and aperitivi to choose from, it’s possible to create infinite variations on a theme. Swap out the Campari for Aperol, and you get a brighter and sweeter citrus profile. Swap out the gin for a whisky, and you get a smoky riff on the classic. They are all in the same family, but each with its unique appeal.

The Trattoria Milano occupies a lovely corner of the Eataly space. It’s cozy without being crowded, and the atmosphere is perfect for enjoying a cocktail. The cocktail program focusses on aperitivi and amari. Most of Trattoria Milano’s cocktails are created with amaro and vermouth — lower octane cocktails with alpine flavour profiles and characteristics that bring patrons to Northern Italy. An extensive Negroni menu is the perfect addition to their line up.

Trattoria Milano
Trattoria Milano

Very happily installed at the bar, I tried three that piqued my interest.

First, the Negroni Bianco. It’s light, beautifully rounded, soft and slightly herbal. It’s the perfect way to start, as it has delicate flavours. This is a great choice before dinner, for happy hour, and for the person who does not like too much bitterness. Even as a confirmed traditional Negroni lover, this was a favourite.

Second, the Barrel-aged Negroni. I was really curious to try this one. Tanqueray gin, Martini Rosso Vermouth and Campari are blended and then aged in-house for 8 weeks in an oak barrel. This is a classic Negroni, with a characteristic bitterness, but the barrel aging seemed to make its component parts marry seamlessly. Their barrel-aged Boulevardier did so well, it quickly sold out! It’s back on the menu now, though, so you have two barrel-aged options to try.

Finally, The Big Smoke. The name does not lie! Named after Toronto’s fond moniker, this riff on the Negroni is made with a very smoky whisky instead of gin. Lagavulin, a single malt whiskey with a very peaty aroma and flavour, makes the smoke just pour off of this drink. It’s bold and dark and rich.

Many of the ingredients are available for sale in the market section of Eataly, so if you find something you love, you can take home the bottles to make it again. And here is a recipe for the house favourite to try at home!

Eataly Negronis
Eataly’s Negronis

The House Favourite

Courtesy of Eataly Toronto

Ingredients

1 oz Rivo gin

1 oz Campari

1 oz Carpano Antica Formula

Orange zest

To a mixing glass, add 1 oz each of Rivo gin, Campari, and Carpano Antica Formula. Add ice and stir. Pour over fresh ice into an old-fashioned glass, and garnish with orange zest.

Find a delicious chocolate Negroni recipe here, a whisky Negroni recipe here, and a rose gin Negroni here.

Cheers!