Legendary Italian restaurant Pazzo! Cucina Italiana on Fifth Avenue South in Naples has earned a prestigious America’s Best Cocktail Award 2020 from Restaurant Hospitality magazine for its popular Joey Lollipops cocktail.
The cocktail is named after a fictional mafia character on the television show “Columbo,” Joey Carna, who was nicknamed Junior Lollipops because his father owned the restaurant Lolly’s in Brooklyn. It’s an arcane reference for a harmonious drink that fits in a fine Italian restaurant.
According to Peggy Feldon, the accomplished bar manager behind Pazzo’s 50’s style bar, craft cocktails are all about reliving Italian traditions. That means aperitifs made with all Italian ingredients and a team devoted to the art of Italian cocktail making. The exceptional Pazzo! cocktail program includes Italian classics like Negronis and Amaros plus fresh fruit accented coolers, sophisticated crafts, Bellinis, and a Pazzo! original creation called Sorbitinis with homemade sorbetto and gelato. The Fun Flight is also available offering guests an opportunity to sample their choice of four one-ounce pours from a selection of 18 liqueurs.
Ms. Feldon invented the award-winning cocktail recipe starting with jalapeño infused silver tequila. “The tequila has spice, but it’s calmed by the orange liqueur from Sicily, the prickly pear and agave syrup,” she explains. The libation is served in a glass with a salted rim and a Dum Dum lollipop for a pop of sweetness.
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About Pazzo! Cucina Italiana
Celebrating 25 years (1995-2020), Pazzo! Cucina Italiana on 853 Fifth Avenue South in Naples, Florida, takes inspiration from the cuisine of northern and southern Italy and combines with Italian classics. Pazzo! offers one of a kind antipasti, crudos and salads, house-made pastas and pizzas along with fresh grilled fish, steaks and chops. An affordable fine wine list is complemented by innovative craft cocktail lists that feature everything from Negronis and Bellinis to sorbettos and unique Italian liqueur flights. Indoor and al fresco dining options available Tuesday through Saturday, 5 pm until 9 pm.
For reservations, call (239) 434-8494 or visit www.pazzocucinaitaliana.com, connect on FB www.facebook.com/pazzocucinaitaliana, follow twitter.com/pazzo_italiana and IG /www.instagram.com/pazzoitaliancafe
PHOTO CAPTION: Joey Lollipops craft cocktail at Pazzo Cucina Italiana is a sophisticated version of simplicity according to bar manager Peggy Feldon who concocted the cocktail named after fictional New Jersey mobster featuring jalapeno infused silver tequila, Sicilian orange liqueur, prickly pear, agave, salt rim and sour served with a Dum Dum lollipop.