I'm looking for that elusive, sexy beast of an ampersand. The one with all the curves and the moxie.
Baskerville Italic don't mess around.
This one has always been my absolute favorite.
This was going to be the one I posted +10xp for you good sir.
Hoefler Text Italic alternate:
That sucker is a damn sea monster.
We might need to define "best".
Most like a sea monster.
My personal favourite is Caslon Graphique
Very cool, love the balance on this.
That's real nice, but some of those thinner strokes do seem a bit wonky...
Another beauty is Royale by Neutura
Chronicle Display Light. It's sexy in a suit-and-tie sort of way.
I think this has to be one of my favorite DN threads. Also, Thirsty Rough.
When in doubt, Caslon. Adobe Caslon Pro Italics:
Adobe Garamond Pro (specifically the italic version)
Not only does House Industries have some gorgeous ampersands, they also have them in CAST IRON.
Bauer Bodoni Bold Italic
Of course, everything looks amazing in Dala Floda, so this might be cheating...
King's Caslon. (so sexy tho)
Fette Fractur FTW.
Caslon 540 Italic baby!
Museo Sans has by far my favorite.
Of course, it's very modern and probably not even close to what you're looking for.