“The Italian word sprezzatura doesn’t have an English translation. Coined in the early sixteenth century by Renaissance author Baldassare Castiglione in his Book of the Courtier (1528), sprezzatura implied the sort of effortless grace that royal attendants of that gilded era embodied. For Castiglione, sprezzatura was a definitive pillar of true art–to work so hard at something that its beauty, to the beholder, appeared easy, agile, blithe. It was in essence, the art of concealing art’s design.”
| Talia Baiocchi & Leslie Pariseau, Spritz
We are a trio dedicated to bringing modern Italian aperitivo drinks and cuisine to Milwaukee, WI. The three of us–a chef, a liqourist, and a designer– are interested in suffusing the “golden hours” of your day with the rich cultural history of the Italian peninsula. Our work, in all aspects, seeks to embody the beauty of Italian food, spirits, and design.
Our ultimate goal is to occupy a brick-and-mortar location featuring a modernist bar and kitchen, a chef’s tasting room, and a boutique hotel. We are constantly working toward that end by offering a variety of curated chef’s tasting dinners, each devoted to a particular region of Italy.
Please join us as we tread this path, and allow yourself to discover an aspect of Italian cuisine and culture not yet offered in Milwaukee. And remember: there is no tourist menu.