I am a fan of Meletti.  This family has been making magically delicious digestivi, amari, and other potently delicious beverages for generations.  It wasn’t until recently that I discovered their most outrageous product yet: Meletti Cioccolato.  This stuff is deeply dark, rich, and full of bittersweet chocolate flavors.

I first tasted it as part of a cocktail made with a smoky Mezcal at Pasadena’s new hotspot, Trattoria Neapolis.  I was intrigued enough to purchase a bottle at Hi-Time Wine Cellars for a friend’s BBQ…

The Meletti Cioccolato is a stunner- I love the way everyone’s eyes get wide, and they gasp at how dark and thick it is when they see it slowly ooze out of the bottle.  Pure luxury.  I had chilled the bottle, and we served it neat, just to taste the liquor in all its glorious purity. Delicious- dark chocolate aromas, hints of coffee and bourbon and a very balanced sweetness.

The importer’s website suggests that Meletti developed this product to be served warm, in the winter.  This idea triggered my memories of the thick, pudding-like hot chocolate I used to drink during the snowy months as a student in Bologna.

Too bad we’re sitting in the middle of a heat wave in July… but not a bad way to end a summertime BBQ, either!

About The Author

I love all things Italian: the beautiful country of Italia, the Italians themselves, the language, the food… and above all, I love Italian wine. The people I meet in my charmed life are fascinating, the wines are extraordinary. I needed a special place like this to write about them, and to remember them.

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5 Responses

  1. Cat

    just tried this liqueur last night, in all places, Maui! I live in Northern Italy and have never seen nor heard of it before. Hopefully will be able to find it back home. It is out of this world!

    • Joanie Karapetian

      Hi there! I am sure you can find the Meletti Ciocolato in Italia! Meletti is based in the Marche, so you should be able to find a local store that can acquire it for you! Thanks for finding my site, and for the note. Buon viaggio!


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