Francesca Giacco’s SIX DAYS IN ROME Negroni Sbagliato

These cocktails, their variations and what they mean, were a big part of my pre-Rome education. He made samples, playing bartender in my kitchen. Measuring out vermouth and splashing soda like an amateur chemist. I was schooled on the difference between a spritz and an Americano. A classic Negroni and a sbagliato. How delicately his tongue hit his teeth at the end of that satisfying, foreign word. – Six Days in Rome

I’ve always found Italian alcohol to be so evocative – from its distinctive, bittersweet tastes to the bright signature colors of Aperol, Campari, and many others. In my novel Six Days in Rome before Emilia plans to travel to Rome with her then-boyfriend Michael, he teaches her how to make some of these cocktails. It’s a window into his sophistication and experience that attract Emilia – and later haunts her when she takes that trip alone.

Six Days in Rome has quite a few mouth-watering food references, but this popular Italian apertivo is perfect before an evening meal. Sbagliato means wrong, or messed up, which is kind of perfect for this

-Francesca Giacco

See Francesca’s recipe for Spaghetti allacciughe (pasta with anchovies)


1 servings

Prep Time

10 mins

Cook Time


Francesca Giacco’s SIX DAYS IN ROME Negroni Sbagliato

Negroni Sbagliato

  • 1 ounce Campari
  • 1 ounce sweet vermouth
  • Ice cube
  • 1 ounce Prosecco, or more to taste
  • Orange peel, for garnish
  1. Pour the Campari and vermouth into a rocks glass with one large ice cube, and stir.
  2. Top with Prosecco, garnish with orange peel, and serve.