WASHINGTON D.C. — Artisanal Italian liqueur producer, Don Ciccio & Figli, is pleased to announce construction on a new production facility on “Distillery Row” in the Ivy City neighborhood of Washington, D.C. The new space will offer tours that include a larger production and aging area, as well as a tasting room, creating an intimate environment to educate consumers on DC&F’s premium artisanal portfolio. A full bar, aptly entitled Bar Sirenis named after sirens heard on the streets of the Amalfi Coast, will provide guests with the opportunity to enjoy specialty cocktails.
Designed by renowned architect Mike Asbacher, CDS and designers Allen Studios, the technical and artistic crew behind DC-based bars such as the Tilt Side Bar and Truxton Inn, the distillery and Bar Sirenis will tie together two architectural components – an art deco style with industrial elements highlighting the functional stages of the production process. The space will incorporate Italian ceramic tiles custom-designed by Giovanni De Maio Ceramiche in Fisciano, Salerno.
The art deco aesthetic is inspired by Italian master architect Gio Ponti, whose Parco die Principi hotel in Sorrento remains a world-famous example of mid-century art deco design.
A fourth-generation distiller from the Amalfi Coast, Francesco Amodeo first opened the DC based Don Ciccio & Figli in 2012 with a desire to reproduce and distribute the artisanal Italian recipes of his ancestors. The portfolio consists of premium artisanal spirits including amari, aperitivi and cordials, and includes their flagship Amaro delle Sirene, C3 Carciofo, Limoncello, and the newest addition to the portfolio, Cerasum Aperitivo, among other products. Each historical liqueur recipe is carefully re-constructed – and at times slightly adapted – using the original recipes handed down by Amodeo’s family, and which for decades were used to create small batch liqueurs enjoyed by locals on the Amalfi coast.
With the construction of a new site for the Don Ciccio & Figli distillery, consumers will have the opportunity to tour the production facility and partake in an intimate tasting. Guests who purchase a bottle from the DC&F portfolio will receive a cocktail demonstration at Bar Sirenis, showcasing how to best use the product, as well as have their cocktail photographed in a bespoke photo booth. “We’re excited to be moving to the heart of the burgeoning distillation scene in Washington, D.C.,” said Founder and Master Blender, Francesco Amodeo. “We really wanted to create a memorable educational experience for consumers, and the establishment of the new distillery and tasting room, along with Bar Sirenis, will enable us to do this. The new facility pays homage to our Italian roots while recognizing we are a DC based company, and consumers will now have the opportunity to experience first-hand what makes our products so unique. ”
With a burgeoning craft distillery scene emerging, Don Ciccio & Figli is the latest establishment to arrive on D.C.’s Distillery Row, joining a handful of other artisan distillers including One Eight Distilling; New Columbia Distillers; Republic Restoratives; Jos. A Magnus; and Cotton & Reed. Tours and tastings will be take place every 30 minutes and will cost $5 per person. Reservations for a tasting at Bar Sirenis are required via https://donciccioefigli.com. Expected completion is Fall, 2018.
About Don Ciccio & Figli
Don Ciccio & Figli’s tradition dates to 1883, when Amodeo’s great-grandfather, Vincenzo Amodeo, began making liqueur out of a small house in Atrani, on the Amalfi Coast. The distillery enjoyed more than 45 years of success before shuttering during World War II. In 1951 Vincenzo’s son, Francesco “Don Ciccio” Amodeo, built a new distillery farther down the coast in the Furore region. On Nov. 23, 1980, a massive earthquake hit the region, destroying the distillery and the surrounding lemon and fruit trees. Today, the Amodeo family tradition has been re-established in Washington, D.C., where Founder and Master Blender Francesco Amodeo produces his family’s liqueurs in small batches using traditional recipes and methods, providing a refreshing glimpse of the past with a nod to the future.
The Don Ciccio & Figli portfolio consists of amari, aperitivi and cordials including Cinque Aperitivo, C3 Carciofo, Luna Aperitivo, Cerasum Aperitivo, Donna Rosa Rababaro, Fico D’India, Don Ciccio & Figli Limoncello and Mandarinetto, Finocchietto, Concerto, Nocino, Amaro Don Fernet, Amaro Tonico Ferro-Kina, and their flagship Amaro delle Sirene. Much of the ingredients used to make the products are sourced in the US, including artichokes and citrus fruits from California, cherries from Michigan, fennel and dill from Pennsylvania and Maryland, and fresh cardoon from a community garden in Washington, D.C., to name a few.
Don Ciccio & Figli’s products are distributed in 33+ states in the US, Panama, Puerto Rico, Canada and will be available in Europe in 2019.
For more information, please visit www.donciccioefigli.com.