Definition: Amaretto is an almond-flavored Italian liqueur that is used as a flavoring in many culinary preparations. Made from almonds or apricot pits, amaretto can be used in making desserts, especially ones that feature chocolate. Tiramisu, an Italian cake made with coffee, cocoa and mascarpone cheese, is often flavored with Amaretto.
Amaretto is also sometimes used in savory dishes, like Chicken Amaretto, where chicken cutlets are simmered in an Amaretto-flavored sauce.
Amaretto is associated with the Italian town of Saronno. Indeed, one of the most popular brands of Amretto, Disaronno Originale, is made in Saronno.