The word originates from the Latin verb aperire which means ‘to open’; the idea is that the drink opens (or stimulates) your appetite. It may seem a bit strange think to a pre-dinner drink with snacks (olives, salami, crostini, potatoes, even pasta and pizza ecc…ecc….) but we believe that l’appetito viene mangiando (the appetite comes eating).

You can find an aperitivo throughout any city or town in Italy, but it’s mostly prevalent in the northern and central cities of Italy. Whether you’re in Venice, Genova, Pisa, Milan, Torino, Florence, or Rome, you’re sure to find many locales, restaurants, and hotels with aperitivos of every kind.

For a traditional style aperitivo, a light (usually dry or bitter) drink will be consumed: Campari, Vermouth, Negroni, Aperol Spritz and Prosecco – but anything goes really. If you hit the right bar at the right time you can have your aperitivo with anything from a beer to a Mojito.

Remember that it’s going to be accompanying food, so excessively sweet or creamy cocktails maybe are a not the best. But by far the most important thing is to take it slowly, and socialize.

Lo spritz: The Spritz is a wine-based cocktail commonly served as an aperitif in Northeast Italy. The drink is prepared with prosecco wine, a dash of some bitter liqueur such as Aperol, Campari, Cynar, or, especially in Venice, with Select. The glass is then topped off with sparkling mineral water. The drink originated between Padua and Venice while Veneto was part of the Austrian Empire, and is based on the Austrian Spritzer, a combination of equal parts white wine and soda water.


Let’s go get an aperitiv – Prendiamo un aperitivo

Drinks – Bevande

Alcohilic drinks – Bevande alcoliche

Non alcoholic drinks – Analcolici

Sparkling sweet wine – Prosecco

What do you drink?-Cosa bevi?

What? – Cosa?

To drink – Bere

Cocktails – Cocktails

With ice – Con ghiaccio

Without ice – Senza ghiaccio

I prefer a glass of good Italian wine – Preferisco un buon bicchiere di vino italiano

Red or white? – Rosso o bianco?

Something to eat – Qualcosa da mangiare

Canapé – Stuzzichini

Peanuts – Noccioline