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Q: Purchasing an Italian aperitif called Zucca. ( Answered,   3 Comments )
Subject: Purchasing an Italian aperitif called Zucca.
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: sf101-ga
List Price: $15.00
Posted: 18 Sep 2002 00:21 PDT
Expires: 18 Oct 2002 00:21 PDT
Question ID: 66311
How do I find an online liquor distributor or retail store that sells
an Italian aperitif called "Zucca".  Zucca is made in or around Milan,
Italy.  I have found a few sites which highlight it, however I have
not been successful with finding an actual retail distributor in the

Request for Question Clarification by chromedome-ga on 20 Sep 2002 19:42 PDT
Hi, sf101!

What quantity are you looking for?  If you only want a bottle or two
that would be difficult, but for a case or more I can probably
"connect" you.


Clarification of Question by sf101-ga on 21 Sep 2002 01:31 PDT

Please provide details about getting a case...I am impressed with your
"connections".  Its seems nearly impossible.  Let me know how much for
a case, how long it would take and where I can order if possible. 

Request for Question Clarification by chromedome-ga on 21 Sep 2002 18:31 PDT
I have made the appropriate inquiries, and should have an answer for
you within the next several days.  It would be handy, though, to know
whether you are seeking the rhubarb or the vanilla version.

My "source" (I'll explain when I post an answer, if nobody beats me to
it) can "source" most products.  In some instances, unfortunately, the
manufacturer may choose not to make their product available in North
America, or only available in commercial quantities.  Most liqueurs,
though, can be obtained in one-case quantities.

Subject: Re: Purchasing an Italian aperitif called Zucca.
Answered By: silviares-ga on 23 Sep 2002 10:23 PDT
Hello sf101-ga 

the Enoteca Costantini an online Italian wine and liquor seller has it
but unfortunately they do not ship to the US.
However I contacted them and they suggest a way for you to get your
of Rabarbaro Zucca.

Here is their reply

"We cannot ship to the USA. You need an importer that introduces the
product for
you.You can import also one case. This importer is called "Adventures
in wine".You
can contact Tim Dunlavy at US Import Services - Private Individuals. 
e-mail address is
If you make this import, doing the invoice, you don't pay the 20 % the
taxes from Italy.
Looking forward to hear from you,
Enoteca Costantini"

Should this not work for you I will be happy to help you further


Request for Answer Clarification by sf101-ga on 23 Sep 2002 22:55 PDT

Thanks for the information!  I checked on-line at adventures in wine. 
It turns out that they are located in Daly City, not far from SF.  I
will try calling them tomorrow.  I will let you know what the results
are.  If that doesn't work than I will email your contact.  This is
real solid information so far.

Clarification of Answer by silviares-ga on 24 Sep 2002 14:34 PDT
Hi sf101-ga

you posted your comment as a clarification request so I have been
called to answer. I hope you can find your Rabarbaro Zucca. I am
Italian myself and
appreciate the liquor. If this shouldn't work just post another
clarification request and I will work with you to sort this out

Subject: Re: Purchasing an Italian aperitif called Zucca.
From: nellie_bly-ga on 18 Sep 2002 20:33 PDT
I tried to find Zucca in the US but totally without luck. If found no
online liquor distributor nor liquor store that ships (including some
of the biggest/best in New York City) that handle it.
In the process, I came to think I, too, might enjoy this apertif. So I
truly hope some one finds a source.

Nellie Bly
Subject: Re: Purchasing an Italian aperitif called Zucca.
From: nellie_bly-ga on 18 Sep 2002 20:54 PDT
Sorry, I forgot to include this information in my previous comment.

Zucca is manufactured by Illva Saronno

There are two types of Zucca:
Zucca Rabarbaro
"A classic aperitif, naturally obtained from Rhubarb"

Zucca vanil
Vanilla flavoured liqueur. 

Their site indicates that Zucca is distributed in the US but gives no
specifics, nor could I find contact information for Illva Saronno.

Now, if you really want to take a wild shot:
Ilva Sarrono Corp. is a real estate holding company owned by the same
people who make the liquors.
They are in Somerset, NJ
phone 732-748-1772

You might, just might, find somebody there who could tell you where to
buy Zucca in the states.
Good luck.

Nellie Bly
Subject: Re: Purchasing an Italian aperitif called Zucca.
From: sf101-ga on 21 Sep 2002 01:28 PDT
-Chromedome, Hook me up for a case if you can.  If you are somehow
"connected", I am very impressed, it seems nearly impossible. Let me
know what the next steps would be.  Thanks!

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