The lovely people at Fifteen Cornwall invited me to attend this event on Thursday 2nd March 2017, of course I said yes and it took very little persuasion for Ian (husband) to agree to accompany me.
I’ve only ever drunk a Negroni once and remember it being a rather lethal mix of several spirits on ice which I didn’t exactly find pleasant. I was therefore slightly hesitant about how Fifteen could make a whole night of it. However, in true Fifteen style they did us proud!
I’ve dined at Fifteen Cornwall a few times over the years. We’ve had the full tasting menu with wine, which is quite an experience and have also savoured their slightly simpler, more manageable menu which is equally delicious. The home made pasta is the best I’ve ever sampled.
However my favourite way to experience Fifteen has always been to sit at the bar and drink cocktails accompanied by carefully selected Antipasti with good friends. They make a delicious Cosmopolitan, a punchy Margarita and their arancini (little balls of fried risotto with a gooey mozarella centre) are a delight.
Onto Negroni’s, I didn’t really know what to expect as I didn’t know the cocktail all that well but I knew I was in for a treat! On arrival the bar was full with fellow Negroni drinkers, they eased us in with a long drink topped up with soda water, a refreshing way to start the evening, accompanied by their signature olives (large, green and unbelievably tasty), a plate of salami and a plate of marinated fennel – simple and just right.
Then onto the Classic Negroni, it is one of a few cocktails that has a traceable history back to the 20th Century. It originates from the Caffe Rivoire in Florence, Italy and was created by Lucca Picchi – head bartender. Suddenly I perk up and listen, picturing myself in this bar in a bustling street in the centre of Florence!