An Italian Happy Hour

 

The Art of the APERITIVO: WHAT TO EAT

 

Snacks for aperitivo can be anything at all!

Traditionally aperitivo cocktail options tend to be light on alcohol and bitter on taste, meaning they pair perfectly with salty snacks. Appetizers and other light fare should be provided as long as you are drinking, though the types of foods vary immensely from cheeses and cured meats, to quiches, vegetables, pizzas and even small plates of pasta.

Aperitivo is originally a northern Italian tradition.  Like all Italian food customs, the style of your aperitivo will depend on where you are.   Milan is, hands-down, the best place for an aperitivo in Italy. This is where the bars are buzzing and the selection of both food and drinks for aperitivo is excellent. 

 

The Milanese even have their own version of the aperitivo-creation story, only theirs replaces Antonio Benedetto Carpano with Gaspare Campari, the inventor of another popular apéritif, the eponymous Campari.