A celebratory toast with Italian prosecco — Photo courtesy of The Next Web
When it comes to making a toast in Italy, the French can keep their champagne. The Italians have an even better bubbly to do their brindisi with...prosecco!
So what exactly is prosecco you ask? Well, it's a sparkling wine that many liken to champagne only it's a bit sweeter and not as dry as champagne. It's produced in North-Eastern Italy in 9 provinces located in the Friuli Venezia Giulia and the Veneto regions. Though, the grape originally comes from and is primarily made in in the district of Valdobbiadene near the town of Conegliano in Treviso.
Prosecco, the poshest new bubbly. — Photo courtesy of rfarmer
The Italian bubbly is made using the Charmat method, where the wine after it's been fermented in stainless steel tanks, then undergoes a second fermentation process in large pressurized tanks called autoclaves in order to make it sparkling. This is also the stage when sugar is often added, which is what gives prosecco its distinctly sweeter taste than champagne has.
Opposed to champagne, prosecco is also a bit more reasonably priced (both by the glass and the bottle). Depending on how much you're willing to spend, a good bottle of prosecco can run you anywhere from €7-€30 a pop. If you order it by the glass, you can pay as little as €3 or €4 at many cafès and bars.
But the good news is you don't have to travel all the way to Treviso to get your hands on some great Italian bubbly. There are many Italian cafès, bars and enoteche in Rome that serve up some great prosecco. One cozy place in the centro that's tucked away from the rowdy crowd at Campo de' Fiori is L'Angolo Divino. Along with your prosecco, you can order a plate of cured meats and cheeses to go along with your glass of guilty pleasure. For a place that's a bit livelier, you might check out Fluid on Via Governo Vecchio. It has a posh, hip crowd and if you make it around aperitivo time (7-9pm), you can enjoy the feast at the appetizer and finger food bar.