L’Aperitivo – Happy Hour
The ancient romans lounged around and consumed aperitivo made from honey, wine and spices.
If you have travelled to Italy you will know that Italians have dine late, never before 8:30pm so to tie you over between lunch and dinner, when they are all spilling out on the street at Passeggiata time, it’s also time for l’aperitivo, the drink that stimulates their appetite.
The ancient romans lounged around and consumed aperitivo made from honey, wine and spices. Subsequently the monastic orders concocted their own elixirs from hundreds of different herbs, essences and roots, flowers and citrus, infused in alcohol, of course, and miraculous in their restorative powers, such as ‘amaro’.
Depending on where you are in Italy, the accompanying snacks can vary. Bartenders start laying out an inviting array of little salted snacks, or stuzzichini, which means to poke (at that appetite again). In Venice, you might know these snacks as ‘cicchetti’. The drink of choice for many nowdays is l’Aperol Spritzer.
So again, direct from the Passeggiata we see women in their puffer jackets, workers in their overalls, elegantly suited office workers, and the young trendies in designer jeans all congregating in front of the bars, reaching, snacking, joking and sipping as they unwind for the day. After all that stimulation, the appetite may become overexcited, but not to worry, after dinner, we can always counter act it with a digestivo – another alcoholic drink to help you digest.