• Paul Mansfield

Perfecting Bruno's Negroni

When it comes to crafting my own perfect Negroni, the process really started with the numerous times my friend James Signori, invited me to attended the La Fratellanza Dinner Club, located in Oakland. The atmosphere at these Italian feasts was always warm & inviting, the Italian cuisine always authentic. Often times, James would say, 'this is like what mom used to make.'

Negroni recipe

1 ounce Gin, preferably Bombay Sapphire

3/4 ounces Campari

3/4 ounce sweet vermouth, preferably Martini & Rossi

Garnish: orange wheel


  1. Add all ingredients to a mixing glass.

  2. Add ice and stir until chilled.

  3. Strain over one large ice cube into a rocks glass.

  4. Garnish with an orange wheel.

La Fratellanza is an Italian American heritage society, that my friend joined to get in touch with his own Italian Heritage. As was customary, we would show up early and visit the bar, where a man named Bruno would serve up a cadre of cocktails. It might be a Roy Rodgers, a Bellini, Americano, or even a Martini, prior to all 100 hungry souls bunched into the great dining hall for what would be a sumptuous home style cooked meal with 7 courses. But I was always enamored with Bruno's simple mixing of his Negroni, which was Perfetto every time!

James Signori is also a food & wine aficionado, and even perfects his own brick oven baked pizza on the deck of his El Cerrito home; which over looks the San Francisco bay. He has always opened up his heritage group to me, and shared the Italian feast generously over the years. That's probably where I have gotten a real fondness for authentic Italian cuisine. Imbibing the Italian spirit, Negroni, is just the tip of the ice burg.

The dinner club's architecture is reminiscent of a 1950's dinner cantina.

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