You just sit in a bar, order a drink and magically you get some delicious appetizers with it… welcome to the aperitivo!
Aperitivo is something very typically Italian and every time I go somewhere else I kinda miss it. Even if I am not a heavy drinker – I actually don’t drink except very rare occasions, and I don’t like heavy drinks… but when I’m in Italy and I have an aperitivo I know exactly what to order: Spritz!
Have you ever heard about Spritz? It’s a light cocktail, originally from Veneto, in the north-east of Italy.
The recipe is very easy, and it makes a very light alcoholic and refreshing drink:
2 parts Aperol (orange liqueur)
3 parts Prosecco (white sparkling wine)
1 splash of soda or seltz
Ice, half a slice of orange.
And here is what I got the other day, when I went out for an aperitivo with a friend:
I would grab that glass from the screen right now!
I mentioned appetizers before, right? Now, the kind of appetizers served varies according to the bar you choose.
In this case I got slices of pizza, sandwich and fries.
Then, because I was in Genova, I also got something very typical of the area: focaccia al formaggio (something like pizza, but topped with cheese) and fritters, that we call “frisceu” (pronouncing the “eu” like a German “ö”).
These fritters are very simple to do: just dough, made with flour, yeast, water, egg and salt, and a little chive or scallion… Oh I love them.
I know that in other places in the world when you order a drink at a bar, you get only the drink. I was shocked when I went to New York City and not only I had to pay 12/15$ for a drink, but also I didn’t even get a single little peanut to eat with my drink!
Ok, did I make you hungry again?
If it makes you feel better, I made myself hungry too!
What’s the best aperitivo you ever had?
What a good idea with aperitivo! More countries should learn from this.