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  THE ITALIAN COLLECTION
  From the country famous for Wine, Women, and Song, come many of the world's greatest mineral waters.

Aqua Maestro is proud to stock the most extensive collection of fine Italian Waters in North America:
      Ferrarelle (Ferrarelle, Riardo)

Devotees of Ferrarelle drink nothing else. Ferrarelle is among the very few naturally carbonated waters in the world. At 43 milligrams per liter of Potassium, and 81 milligrams per liter of Silica, Ferrarelle is totally in a class by itself in terms of composition; most high mineral waters, by comparison, are loaded with Sodium and/or Bicarbonates. Harvested in Val D Assano, inland from Naples, Ferrarelle dates back to pre-Roman times.
   
Little gas (CO2) 2.1 g/l
Acidity (PH) 6.1
Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) 1270 mg/l
Calcium (Ca++) 362 mg/l
Magnesium (Mg++) 18 mg/l
Sodium (Na+) 49 mg/l
Potassium (K+) 43 mg/l
Bicarbonate (HCO3-) 1372 mg/l
Chloride (Cl-) 21 mg/l
Sulphate (SO4--) 6 mg/l
Nitrate (NO3-) 5 mg/l
Fluoride (F-) 0.8 mg/l
Silica (SiO2) 81 mg/l
      Fiuggi (Fiuggi)

Fiuggi water is a natural, oligomineral water that pervades tufaceous (calcareous and siliceous rock deposits) hollows beneath the spas of Fiuggi. Exotic stuff. The scientific effect is a filtering action that purifies and reduces mineralization in the water, while creating a potent diuretic chemistry. Fiuggi is prescribed in Italy for expulsion of kidney stones, and supposedly inhibits their formation; it is also indicated during preparation urinary calculosis procedures and post-op treatment. In all, there's little question that Fiuggi is beneficial for the kidneys and urinary tract, and it is also effective against uric acid in general, which is the basis of gout and uratic arthropathies. Fiuggi was the official water of JUBILEE 2000, and it is rumored to be the choice at the Vatican.
   
Little gas (CO2) 0.008 g/l
Acidity (PH) 6.8
Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) 122 mg/l
Calcium (Ca++) 15.9 mg/l
Magnesium (Mg++) 6.3 mg/l
Sodium (Na+) 6.4 mg/l
Potassium (K+) 4.4 mg/l
Bicarbonate (HCO3-) 81.7 mg/l
Chloride (Cl-) 13.9 mg/l
Sulphate (SO4--) 6 mg/l
Nitrate (NO3-) 7 mg/l
Silica (SiO2) 12.8 mg/l
      Panna (Mt. Gazzaro, Tuscany)

Harvested in Tuscany, 3,700 feet up Mt. Gazzaro, this wonderful treasure is known in Italy as Acqua Panna. It is loved by millions, and expertly positioned in the marketplace. Panna's freshness, clarity, and neutral pH have earned it a worldwide following, and acquisition by Nestle Foods.
   
Acidity (PH) 8.2
Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) 137 mg/l
Calcium (Ca++) 30.2 mg/l
Magnesium (Mg++) 6.9 mg/l
Sodium (Na+) 6.5 mg/l
Potassium (K+) 0.9 mg/l
Bicarbonate (HCO3-) 100 mg/l
Chloride (Cl-) 7.1 mg/l
Sulphate (SO4--) 21.4 mg/l
Fluoride (F-) <0.1 mg/l
Nitrate (NO3-) 5.7 mg/l
Silica (SiO2) 8.2 mg/l
      San Benedetto (Scorze)

San Benedetto was arguably the original favorite of the Republic of Venice, in vogue with aristocratic Venetian families during the Renaissance. The water, tapped at the surface in ancient times, is now drawn from 1,000 feet below ground to ensure that all its original features are unchanged, and unadulterated; the water trickles to its source from the glaciers of the Dolomites. Without question, San Benedetto is an elite, low-mineral delicacy that carries a 30 milligram per liter punch of Magnesium. The San Benedetto bottle is pretty, and is available in both still and sparkling versions.
   
No Gas X
Acidity (PH) 7.68
Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) 250 mg/l
Calcium (Ca++) 46 mg/l
Magnesium (Mg++) 30 mg/l
Sodium (Na+) 6.8 mg/l
Potassium (K+) 1.1 mg/l
Bicarbonate (HCO3-) 293 mg/l
Chloride (Cl-) 2.8 mg/l
Sulphate (SO4--) 4.9 mg/l
Fluoride (F-) <0.1 mg/l
Nitrate (NO3-) 6.8 mg/l
Silica (SiO2) 17 mg/l
      San Pellegrino (San Pellegrino Terme)

San Pellegrino is high in mineral content - mostly Calcium, Magnesium, Bicarbonate, Chloride, and Sulphate. The extremely low Nitrate level is perhaps San Pellegrino's greatest virtue. The water is still as it comes from the ground, and is then charged with CO2 to give it the signature fizz. This renowned brand in its traditional green bottle is owned by Nestle Foods; its position in the marketplace speaks for itself.
   
No Gas X
Acidity (PH) 7.7
Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) 1109 mg/l
Calcium (Ca++) 208 mg/l
Magnesium (Mg++) 55.9 mg/l
Sodium (Na+) 43.6 mg/l
Potassium (K+) 2.7 mg/l
Bicarbonate (HCO3-) 135.5 mg/l
Chloride (Cl-) 74.3 mg/l
Sulphate (SO4--) 549.2 mg/l
Fluoride (F-) 1 mg/l
Nitrate (NO3-) 0.45 mg/l
Silica (SiO2) 9 mg/l
      Sole (Nuvolento, Lombardy)

To put Sole in perspective, it is a slightly heavier water than Evian, with a total of 412 milligrams per liter of minerals. The best aspects of its chemistry are its 31 milligrams of Magnesium, and the 108 milligrams per liter of Calcium. The high Bicarbonate level is probably not important to Sole's overall taste impression because of the extremely low Sodium content, and the nicely sweet pH of 7.42. The Nitrates are negligible, and the Silica content is a positive feature at 6 milligrams per liter. Sole comes in an attractive glass package with a blue label denoting still, and the lightly sparkling version in a crimson label.
   
Acidity (PH) 7.42
Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) 412 mg/l
Calcium (Ca++) 108 mg/l
Magnesium (Mg++) 31.1 mg/l
Sodium (Na+) 2.6 mg/l
Potassium (K+) .43 mg/l
Bicarbonate (HCO3-) 439.3 mg/l
Chloride (Cl-) 2.9 mg/l
Sulphate (SO4--) 19.3 mg/l
Fluoride (F-) 0.1 mg/l
Nitrate (NO3-) 6.6 mg/l
Silica (SiO2) 6 mg/l
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