Sambuca Really is For Old Men in the Country

10 Nov

And this is the proof. As I’ve told you before, sambuca being my preferred adult beverage on this side of the pond, I often get teased, weird looks, and general perplexity from the Itals. Apparently, so they tell me, NO ONE really drinks sambuca. Except! There’s always an except, we’re in Rome, folks. The except is: EXCEPT for old men who live in the little hill towns in the country. They drink the stuff up like it was water, apparently. Sitting out in front of their houses and reminiscing about when they were younger, and clearly didn’t drink sambuca, because, let me repeat: only old men in hill towns drink sambuca.

And me.

Well, I always thought it was just an urban legend, used by my dear friends to shame me. But alas! No!

A few weekends ago I happened to be in a supermarket in “said hill town” not far outside of Rome (I believe it was Palestrina) and at the end of my little grocery trip, I went looking for a bottle of my beloved. Strange, think I. No Sambuca? Hmmm. Wait! What’s that, you say? A big hole on the shelf?

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Yes indeed folks, a big, gaping hole. Right where my sambuca normally sits. When it’s in Rome and not in a hill town where there must be a bunch of old men who made the damn grocery store SELL OUT of the stuff that in Rome, when I ask for it at a bar, they can’t even find the frickin’ bottle because, allow me to repeat: NO ONE drinks the stuff! Except…


8 Responses to “Sambuca Really is For Old Men in the Country”

  1. anna l'americana November 10, 2011 at 11:12 pm #

    Whaddya mean no one drinks it anymore? Is there nothing left of the Rome I remember? Nothing got you through a freezing cold wet winter day (ha, we thought we were cold!) like a shot of sambuca, in coffee or not……

  2. anna l'americana November 10, 2011 at 11:13 pm #

    Back then I think the old men in the country were drinking Fernet….

  3. Eleonora November 11, 2011 at 12:48 pm #

    You still have your personal two bottles waiting for you in my fridge, my dear!

  4. Klaudia November 11, 2011 at 6:41 pm #

    Everywhere polish accents 😀 Wyborowa i meant!

  5. Valerie November 12, 2011 at 10:59 am #

    Yep, the old guys here in our little southern village drink it for breakfast (sometimes in their caffe, sometimes just the sambuca straight. Ask for Anisetta in Rome; same taste, more considered more of a “ladies’ drink”!

  6. Un'americana a Roma November 12, 2011 at 9:36 pm #

    Oh heck no, I want sambuca on the rocks, no ladies drinks for me! 🙂 I’m hard core.

  7. Un'americana a Roma November 12, 2011 at 9:37 pm #

    And I intend to finish them before you head to A’dam for good.

  8. Un'americana a Roma November 12, 2011 at 9:37 pm #

    I tried it in coffee, nasty. Straight up.

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