PAOLO LAZZARONI e FIGLI, Saronno, Italy
This historic company crafts a wide range of spirits, but their most important product just might be cookies. Amaretti, actually — the little almond/maraschino/meringue marvels, that are perhaps the best accompaniment to a perfect espresso… Lazzaroni is the most famous producer of these wildly popular treats, as well as other high-quality baked goods.
These little Amaretti, crumbled and macerated in liquor, are the essence of the authentic amaretto liqueur that has made Saronno famous (ok, one of the reasons…). Lazzaroni is the creator of the benchmark liqueur, and continues to produce it in the traditional manner established in 1851. The outstanding Sambucca and Maraschino liqueurs are also among the best of their type.