Back at the piazza, we immediately ran into the rest of our group and shuffled en masse down the pathway on the upper side, lined with souvenir and art shops.
A limoncello factory appeared, filled with shelves of decorative bottles of both regular and cream limoncello, lemon-scented soaps, and other lemony things.
Limoncello is a tart-sweet after-dinner digestivo traditionally made along the Amalfi Coast, especially on Capri and in Sorrento. Its flavor is imparted from the zest of the famous Sorrento lemons grown up and down this area. A small glassful is all you need. It’s like drinking potent sunshine.
Everyone who enters the ubiquitous limoncello factories of the Amalfi Coast are offered a free taste, which usually results in a purchase of some kind. After his tasting here on Capri, Tony placed an order for several bottles to be shipped home, surprising us with two of them.
Kris was eager to try some of this authentic Italian-made limoncello. Since he had spent the last six months researching and experimenting with his own attempts at making limoncello, he was nervous to try the “real” thing. But he had nothing to worry about. His was every bit as good, if not better, than the stuff made here where it originated. Relieved, he gave himself a well-deserved thumbs up.
I do love the stuff Kris makes. And no, it’s not just because my son made it. His has a freshness, a crispness, a less-cloying texture to it. Served ice-cold in a tiny glass, it’s the essence of lemons…with a bad-ass kick!