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The 8 Best Whiskey Bars in The US

November 18, 2019

By Liza Weisstuch


When an earthquake struck Anchorage, Alaska, in 2018, many of whiskey bottles from the collection of more than 400 at Fiori d’Italia hit the ground and shattered...

America’s Best Bourbon Bars 2019

August 28, 2019

By The Bourbon Review


Notably, this is the first year we’ve included a bar outside the Continental US. Fiori D’Italia in Anchorage, Alaska, boasts a whiskey menu with of hundreds of bottles (and is also the only Italian restaurant on our list)...

This Bar Lost Everything During a Natural Disaster. This is How They Rebuilt

March 3, 2019

By Brad Japhe 

On the morning of November 30, 2018, Ylli Ferati awoke to a violent shaking. A 7.2-magnitude earthquake was ripping through his hometown of Anchorage, Alaska, shattering windows and collapsing roadways in its wake...

Rare Liquor Treasures Washed Away by Massive Quake

December 2, 2018

By Scott Gross


Ylli Ferati was awakened by the massive 7.0 earthquake that hit the Anchorage area. Soon after, he called his father Ulber...

How to Drink Your Way Across Alaska

November 27, 2018

By Liza Weisstuch


Fiori D’Italia ( is an unremarkable compound-like building that sits at the end of a parking lot in a residential neighborhood, far from the hustle and bustle of downtown Anchorage...

Meet The Pink Bottle Boys, Shattering The Stereotypes of Rosé

October 16, 2018

By Brad Japhe


Rosé needn't be confined to the poolside patio at summer. At Fiori D'Italia, for example, Ylli Ferati pours plenty of the liquid for guests this time of year...

Whiskey Business

April 4, 2018

By J. Besl


“People call me the Italian Cheers. You come here some days at 5 o’clock and I have literally half the neighborhood here,” said Ylli Ferati ‘10, bar manager at Fiori d’Italia...

Faces of Spenard: Ylli

February 20, 2018

By Victoria Petersen


Ylli Ferati has been bartending for nine years, the last six years of which have been spent full time at Fiori D'Italia, his family's restaurant... 

49 Voices: Ylli Ferati of Anchorage

February 16, 2018

By Victoria Petersen


This week we’re hearing from Ylli Ferati in Anchorage. Ferati is a bartender at Fiori D’Italia, which his family owns. He claims to have the largest whiskey collection in the state...

Best Whiskey Bar in Every State

February 9, 2018

By Lee Breslouer


Inside an overwhelmingly brown building in Anchorage, you'll find the most bottles of brown liquor in the state. Inside an Italian restaurant, even!...

Anchorage's Master of Whiskey

January 10, 2018

By Carissa Pearce


In 1995, Macedonian immigrants Urime and Ulber Ferati opened up the Fiori D’Italia in Anchorage, Alaska. The restaurant’s website describes it as “hidden,” and for good reason...

These Anchorage Restaurants Rule When It Comes to Atmosphere

November 26, 2017

By Mara Severin


Some of my favorite restaurants make me feel as if I'm taking part in something deliciously nefarious...

Dining Review: Fiori D'Italia is Old-School Italian at its Best

February 18, 2015

By Mara Severin


I promised myself not to make any "Goodfellas," "Sopranos" or "Godfather" jokes while writing my review of that Spenard old-timer, Fiori D'Italia...