What is Aperitivo in Italy: All you need to know

What does aperitivo mean?

In Italian, aperitivo literally means “to open” and is meant to open up the appetite. It’s more than just having a drink before dinner though; it’s also about enjoying good company in an informal setting.

Aperitivo can be enjoyed with friends, family, or even by yourself

Aperitivo is more than a drink, it’s a social custom that brings people together around bar and restaurant tables from Italy to the world.

What kind of drinks are served during aperitivo?

Some classic drinks served during aperitivo are Aperol Spritz, Negroni and Campari. Aperol Spritz is a mix of Prosecco, Aperol liqueur, soda water and a slice of orange.

What are typical foods served during aperitivo?

Aperitivo usually consists of light snacks, some bars or restaurants will give you a beautiful array of cheeses, bread, crackers, meats, and olives, while others might just give you some potato chips.