Of course one should not drink much, but often.
– Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
When our Norwegian friends come to Italy the first time to visit me they were quite surprise to realize that Italians talk about food continuously – we discuss during breakfast what we are going to eat for lunch; at lunch what we are eating for dinner and so on.
But one of the things that surprised them the most was the Aperitivo – that’s such a big tradition and it is so deep in my roots that I didn’t think about explain it.
Aperitivo is the name for the ritual of going out for a pre-dinner drink and the drinks that you will probably have as well.
Coming from the Lain word that means to open, in Italian still describe the effect of something really appetizing.
Even if it seems to be a quite new tradition, the Aperitivo is born in 1786 when Antonio Benedetto Carpano starts producing vermut. Few years later the Aperitivo becomes popular all over the peninsula – never loosing its importance.
Nowadays the Aperitivo is different from region to region, according to the local products: you can enjoy different kind of wines, soft drinks, special kind of aperitivo drinks both alcoholic and alcohol free(such as Crodino, Sanbitter, Aperol and Campari) and snacks – sometime even real dinner buffets that include pasta, pizza and meat dishes.
The Aperitivo is an occasion for us to do what we like most – socializing over nice food and drinks .
What makes the Aperitivo so popular in the Italian culture is its affordability – more expensive than just the usual drink it-self the Aperitivo is never too pricey and still its value changes just according to what it is offered – in Italy the price is between 5€ and 12€ according to the kind of drink you are asking for and the food on the buffet.
As I said before the Aperitivo is to be considered a social event – it is the perfect place to go on a first date or to catch up with friends. Since the price is so affordable be ready to get in a crowded bar full of students, travelers and young professionals, but it is really common to see families and children taking part to this kind of ritual – most bars offer a wide choice of soft drinks made for children.
What are you waiting for?
Come to visit us DaStefano and enjoy one of the most popular Italian tradition – waiting for your meal or just as a start for your night out.