If you think all jarred cherries are the same, you're in for a delicious surprise from these amarena Fabbri cherries. It starts with the amarena cherry itself—a small, sour variety that grows in Bologna and Modena. They’re candied in a rich syrup that’s fortified with the cherries’ juice, infusing each ruby-colored gem with a veritable explosion of concentrated sweet-tart flavor. The cooking process also gives the cherries a dense, chewy texture that's unmistakably elegant. Fabbri cherries are insisted upon by top bartenders for their cocktails—you’ll never want a Manhattan garnished with anything else again—and Italian ex-pats the world over (Giada included!) must have a jar in the house at all times.
The top-secret recipe for these sweet little cherries hasn’t changed in over 100 years, perfected by Gennaro Fabbri’s wife Rachele in 1915. What began as a distillery making cherry brandy in Ferrara, in the northern Emilia-Romagna region, quickly became best-known for its irresistible candied cherries. That iconic blue-and-white ceramic jar, first designed in the 1930s, certainly helped! Today, fifth-generation members of the Fabbri family are carrying on the legacy of Gennaro and Rachele with their internationally reknowned cherries.
Bonus: The sizable signature jar makes a beautiful keepsake once the cherries are gone! Giada uses hers to hold fresh flowers—its timeless design fits into any room in the house.