Practice saying, “Let’s go get an aperitivo” or “Prendiamo un aperitivo.”A pre-dinner drink, meant to “open” the palate and it gives you a chance to socialize, relax, and nibble as dinner approaches or is overlooked altogether.What is offered with your aperitivo drink really depends on the bar. A few olives and potato chips are the classic offering, though some get very elaborate with fresh pizza, fruit salads, roast, hot pasta, cold cuts like prosciutto and bresaola, fresh savoury pastries and even fresh mozzarella in some bars! Aperitivo drinks are divided into two categories: alcolici (alcoholic), and analcolici (non-alcoholic) drinks.

These are (some) of my favourites, all with alcohol of course!

I love Bellini’s : Prosecco and peach puree, this delicious cocktail was invented by Giuseppe Cipriani, founder of Harry’s Bar in Venice, Italy. He named the drink the Bellini because its unique pink color reminded him of the toga of a saint in a painting by 15th-century Venetian artist Giovanni Bellini.

I also like to have an Aperol Spritz: 3 parts of prosecco,  2 parts of Aperol and 1 splash of soda, this is a pre lunch or dinner drink.

Negroni’s The Negroni cocktail is made of one part gin, one part vermouth rosso, and one part Campari, garnished with orange peel. It is considered an apéritif. Quite strong!

Campari..I love Campari and orange juice, although I’ve noticed  the locals here in Italy prefer Campari with soda.

Long live aperitivo time!



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