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Cocktail: The Penny Arcade at Osteria La Buca

The Penny Arcade by Jason Neroni at Osteria La Buca

May 13, 2011

Jason Neroni, the chef at the newly renovated and expanded Osteria La Buca, is also a talented mixologist. He recently concocted a truly tasty list of cocktails for the bar, all of which manage to conjure up summer-tinged feelings of sentimentality for Italy (whether you've been there or not). A particular favorite, the Penny Arcade, mixes earthy snap liquor, elegant Benedictine, herbal-edged Amaro Nonino with a sweet kiss of honey and a sour dash of lemon for a snapshot of life on easy street. Drinking it at Osteria La Buca's bar is a treat, thanks to the month-old Sputini menu, which features ricotta croquettes with truffle honey. These little balls of heaven pair perfectly with the Penny Arcade; catch them and rub them around in the sweet honey at the bottom of the bowl.

The Penny Arcade by Jason Neroni

2 ounces snap liquor

1/2 ounce Benedictine

1/2 ounce Amaro Nonino

1/2 ounce honey

Juice of 1/2 a lemon

Shake over ice. Strain into bucket glass with ice. Garnish with a lemon wedge.

Osteria La Buca, 5210 Melrose Ave., L.A. (323) 462-1900.

— Jessica Gelt

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