Created in 1815 by Ausano Ramazzotti, Ramazzotti Amaro Liqueur is Italy's first bitter liqueur. However, Ramazzotti didn't gain popularity until 1848, when Ausano opened a bar near the La Scala opera theatre, and started serving his amaro instead of coffee. After Ausano's death in 1866, his family continued to operate the business, and in 1877 the Fratelli Ramazzotti was established. Ausano's grandchildren had utilized the new technologies of the era to set up a profitable export business using the railway grid being built at the time. Ramazzotti Amaro became successful throughout Italy, and was quickly spreading through the rest of Europe. Today, Ramazzotti Amaro is owned by the Pernod Ricard Group, but is still produced in Italy.