There’s an interesting connection between the LiDestri family, Ragu spaghetti sauce and Kodak. The Ragu business was founded in the late 1940’s in Rochester, NY (also home to Fee Brothers) by Assunta and Giovanni Cantisano. Eventually the company expanded from a mom and pop concern to a full-fledged business. Only twenty years later the company was worth 43.8 million dollars. The Cantisanos sold the business and started a new company called Cantisano Foods Inc.
One of the Ragu employees who moved over to the new business was John LiDestri, who emigrated from Italy as a teenager. He soon became general manager, then president, then CEO. Finally in 2002, he bought the company and eventually located the business into the defunct Eastman Kodak business park. Since LiDestri, they have expanded into distilling and branding nearly thirty different types of spirits and liqueurs. Their latest creation is a novel twist on the classic Italian Limoncello.
LiDestri’s Pink Limoncello (52 proof)
Visual: Cotton candy pink.
Nose: Fairly intense lemon scent.
Taste: Extremely mild lemon flavor that disappears in a few seconds, leaving a very sweet sugar flavor that has a bitter edge at the end.
Finish: Nothing but sugar and a touch of that bitterness.
Overall: Not a particularly citrusy liqueur, but certainly a very sweet one.
GSN Rating: C
For more information go to: Pink Limoncello