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How to make Italian Style Aperitivo (at home)

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Since my first visits to Bergamo I recall going to a bar called La Vela per un aperitivo and soon it has become my favorite time of the day. Aperitivo time!

In Italy aperitivo is usually served around lunch and dinner time and it is perceived as a snack before the meal or something you have while hanging out with friends. Abundance and the cost depends a lot on a place that serves it.

I had aperitivo where we ate pasta, mini sandwiches, pastries in a buffet kind of a setting and those where I was served only potatoes chips and some nuts.


At home, we often prepare it while we are waiting for food to finish cooking and we are so hungry that we need that little snack to help us arrive till the lunch time.

In Croatia, where I’m from we would socialize around coffee, but in Italy its done over aperitivo – alcoholic drink with yummy nibbles on the side.

Idea how to make Italian style aperitivo at home

Make your Spritz at home

If you like prosecco and Aperol (or Campari) then you will like the spritz.

To prepare your Original Aperol spritz you will need:

  • 3 parts of prosecco
  • 2 parts of Aperol
  • 1 part of soda
  • for decoration use fresh orange or lemon slice and some ice
Aperitivo and Aperol spritz
Perfect Aperol spritz

In case if you like more bitter mix you can substitute Aperol with Campari. By doing it you will get a rich red color drink on the bitter note.

Let’s talk about the making Aperitivo nibbles now….

Imagine lazy Sunday brunch you might host at your home…. here in Italy we prepare something very similar.

You want to create plates with easy to eat, no fuss finger food. One of my favorites is bruschetta, just plain bread, slightly toasted, rubbed with a fresh garlic clove and topped with chopped veggies and on top of all drizzled with extra virgin olive oil.

Even thinking about it makes me crave it. The great thing is that bruschettas have so many variations, I check it what I have in the fridge and then just combine it.

You can prepare my favorite tomatoes bruschetta or you can invent your own.

Bruschetta with cheese, fresh tomatoes and basil

Perfect snack we prepare are pizza cut in bite-size triangles, various wraps cut in small slices or cheese plates with fruit. Important is that you can eat it without a fork, using perhaps only toothpicks.

Caprino cheese and fig
Fresh caprino (goat) cheese with figs

In case you like dry meat you can always prepare prosciutto wrapped melon or rolled bresaola on bread. I also like mortadella on plain bread with a tiny bit of mayo. You can also try a super thin slice of lard with dry oregano on top of it.

prosciutto and melon
Prosciutto and melon

Do you like the combination of juicy sweet melon with salty prosciutto? I just love it.

Bresaola on bread
Rolled bresaola (salted beef) over fresh cheese on rye bread

So there you go, you just made your first Italian aperitivo at home. 🙂

Don’t forget to add black and green olives, mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, potatoes chips or whatever crispy snack you might have at home for the extra crunch.

Do you feel ready to prepare one aperitivo at home or can I help you with setting one?



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