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How to throw an Aperitivo at Home

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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.

Make a delicious spritz cocktail!

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.

Mortadella sandwiches are cheap, quick and delicious.

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!

Things like chips, olives, salumi, and small sandwiches are often seen at aperitivos.

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!

Italian music can help transport where ever you are to Italy.

4. THROW ON SOME ITALIAN MUSIC

Make it feel like you're in the streets of Milano and get the music started. Search out popular Italian artists like Luca Carboni, Negramaro, or Biagio Antonacci! Or make it easy and head over to Spotify for our Italian Classics playlist or Italian Pop Hits playlist.

Finding some Italian newspapers is a fun way to decorate for your aperitivo.

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!

It's all about catching up with friends.

6. HAVE FRIENDS OVER