First, some history. Around 1786 in Turin, Antonio Benedetto Carpano invented the famous Vermouth, and he is believed to be either the creator of the aperitivo or the one who promoted it. The definition of aperitivo (or aperitif) is that of an alcoholic beverage that is consumed prior to a meal with the intention of stimulating the appetite. Nowadays, aperitivo has turned into something more; it is not only one drink you’ll have, but also a variety of food which can range from a small finger food to huge buffets, so be prepared to choose among great Italian and international goodies. Keep in mind that the traditional aperitivo is originally from Milan in the north of Italy, although it is quite common to find it in other cities as well now.
By Aida Arnedo