A part of the Italian lifestyle that needs to be part of yours! Here are some tips to bring Aperitivo to you. Take it one step further and transport to Italy for an afternoon via Skype in our Italian Cooking Classes.
1. MAKE A SPRITZ
This cocktail is a must. Prepared with Italian Prosecco, a bitter liqueur (such as Aperol, Cynar, Select or Campari), a dash of sparkling water and garnished with an orange slice, this refreshing and beautiful drink will be a staple in your home bar.
2. HAVE MORTADELLA SANDWICHES
A staple at aperitivo in Italy and one of the most simple, yet delicious, snacks. This affordable deli meat is great on a bun or get extra to eat with your fingers!
3. IT'S NOT ABOUT A BIG SPREAD
Aperitivo is about having a drink and snack before a meal - it's not meant as a replacement for dinner!
4. THROW ON SOME ITALIAN MUSIC
Make it feel like you're in the streets of Milano, but none of that cheesy stuff. Try some Luca Carboni, Negramaro, or Biagio Antonacci!
5. BRING ITALY TO YOU
Go-to Barnes & Noble or your local Chapters and seek out Italian newspapers. These will not only bring authenticity to your aperitivo but also double as decor. Bonus - brush up on your Italian and see if you can read them!
6. HAVE FRIENDS OVER
This tradition is all about enjoying a moment before dinner with friends. Come over at 5 and leave for dinner at 7, it's more about relaxing than fussing over a whole meal.
7. HAVE A SALUMI TASTING
Also known as charcuteries - get a variety of Italian cured meats and let everyone discover which one they like the best. Maybe even do a blind tasting to see who knows their stuff.
8. DO AS THE ITALIANS DO
Eating, drinking and spending time with family & friends are the most important things. Anyone who has been to Italy knows that there are no real "open hours" and shops can be closed at any time of the day. So duck out of work early and live the good life (okay maybe not everyday, but definitely once and awhile!).
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