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Following a performance in the United Kingdom, Italian-American icon Sylvester Stallone indulged his passion for excellence at an Italian restaurant in Sheffield called Nonna's Kitchen where he capped off his dish of specially-made meatballs with another tradition that has been passed down from one generation to the next. That tradition? Stallone enjoyed a Toscano Antico which he personally selected from the restaurant's private collection.
With a restaurant's entire cigar collection to choose from, it should come as no surprise that Stallone selected Toscano Antico. The cigar is known as the go-to choice of tough guys such as Clint Eastwood in "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly". The blend of Italian and American Kentucky filler is a perfect match for the Italian-American star.
Toscano Antico, a full cheroot (called 'Intero' in Italian) which has been aged for 12 months, is strong and intensely bitter. It has an aroma of wood with peppery tinge, and maintains an even burn. It pairs well with espresso, spirits and red wine. According to Cigar World, peaty single-malt Scotch and some speciaty craft beers are good complements to this full-bodied cigar.
When it comes to his appreciation of the Toscano Cigar, Stallone is in good company. Famed and highly respected Italian restaurateur, Tony May whose life's work has been to champion traditional Italian cuisine in America, is known for smoking the Toscano Cigar, as reported by The New York Times.
It is clear that Stallone and May choose Toscano Cigars for the same reasons that other cigar aficionados do. That is, each puff celebrates a lifestyle rich in Italian tradition and heritage.