The Aperitivo’s Origins and How to Enjoy It Like an Italian

Posted on Nov 8 2021 - 3:30pm by Joana

The ritual began several hundred years ago in Italy and is still practiced in various ways around the world today.

Aperitivo is drink served with little meal at the end of the workday as prelude to dinner. It is commonly wine or light mixed cocktail. 
In Italy, where supper is typically eaten later than in the United States, aperitivo is typically served between 7-9 p.m. 
The drink and accompanying snack are meant to pique the appetite and set the tone for the meal, hence herbal, bitter, or effervescent drinks are common. 
Although there is distant link, the aperitivo is not the same as happy hour, which takes place from 4 – 6 p.m. and offers reduced beverages and food, frequently replacing supper.

Generally, aperitivo drinks are bitter, herbal, and low in alcohol. Vermouth and other wines, including sparklers like increasingly popular prosecco, are frequently ordered. Bitter flavors are thought to stimulate the appetite and light foods create interest or openness for dining, hence the word aperitivo from aperire, Latin for “open.” Many of the aperitivo snacks are fried or fatty like cheeses, prosciutto, and mortadella, so sparkling wines are ideal palate cleansers.

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Choose a glass of vermouth, prosecco, or a cocktail, and watch as the crowd gathers and voices rise.
Aperitivo is meant to be social, so we hope you have someone to chat with as you sip and nibble.

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