Where to find a good selection of amari to stock your own bar?
Most good wine shops carry at least a couple of the most popular ones, such as Fernet Branca, Averna or Ramazotti. The best selection though is at K&L Wine Merchants in Hollywood, where spirits buyer David Driscoll has gotten deep into what he calls "the wonderful world of bitter liqueurs." He has more than a dozen in stock now, including Amaro Sibilla, Amaro Meletti, Amaro
Barkeeper in Silver Lake stocks 15 examples, and owner Joe Keeper will be sure to tell you that bitter is a bit of a misnomer. Not all amari are strongly bitter. Amaro Montenegro, for example, he says, is as delicate and sweet as a perfume. Other labels the quirky shop carries include Amaro Meletti, Luxardo Amaro Amano, Lazzaroni, Rabarbaro Zucca Amaro (rhubarb), Amaro Meletti, Luxardo Amaro Abano, Cynar (artichoke), Cardamaro Amaro (cardoon) and a Barolo Chinato.