The Amarena cherry is a small bitter (amara, in Italian) dark coloured Italian cherry grown in the Bologna and Modena regions of Italy. It is usually bottled in syrup and used as a decoration on rich chocolate desserts.
The Amarena variety of cherry was developed by Gennaro Fabbri who was born in 1869 in Bologna, Italy. He started commercial production of cherry related products in 1905 under the Fabbri brand. The Fabbri company is still family owned and produces a number of natural cherry pastries, syrups and beverages.