Aperitivo - All You Need to Know About Italian Aperitif (2023)

Aperitivo – what it is, how to order it, typical aperitivo drinks, and more

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What Is Aperitivo?

In your home country, you may be used to eating dinner a little earlier than we do in Italy.

Italians typically start dinner around 8:00pm (or even 9:00pm in Southern Italy).

So what do you do with all that time from lunch to dinner? Don’t you get really hungry? That’s where aperitivo, or ‘aperitif time’ comes in. It’s the perfect moment for relaxation, conviviality and taking the edge off your hunger before the main event – dinner!

It’s a real ritual, and enjoying a true aperitivo italiano is a must on a trip to Italy.

What Time Is Aperitivo?

Imagine the scene – you’ve just come out of work after a hard day. Where do you head? Straight home? Of course not, don’t be so boring! You’ll join your colleagues (or your friends outside work if your colleagues are a real pain) for an aperitivo.

7:00pm is aperitivo golden hour kick-off time, although you can do it a little earlier or a little later. It’s the time when you’re hungry and longing for a drink to help you relax after all that hard work at the office.

While you’re visiting Italy, you won’t be at the office, but after a busy day exploring, you’ll still need a little something before dinner.

How long it goes on is up to you. A quick drink before moving on to that great restaurant or winding your weary way home (30 minutes)? Or maybe you’ll continue snacking and sipping, and it’ll take the place of a ‘proper’ dinner entirely (yup, it’s 9 o’clock and we’re still propping up the bar!).

Aperitivo Meaning

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Aperitivo is, of course, the literal translation of the English ‘aperitif’ or French ‘apéritif’ – a pre-dinner drink.

‘Cocktail hour’ might be another way to say it, but while there are some classic pre-dinner cocktails (more about that below) an aperitivo italiano is often something that’s a little lighter on the alcohol.

The root of the word is the Latin aperire (to open) and the modern Italian is aprire…you’re literally ‘opening your stomach’ for all the delights to come!

Is it the same thing as a ‘happy hour? Well, not in the strict sense. A happy hour in other countries often implies that you get a two-for-one deal on your booze, whereas in Italy that’s not usually the case. In fact, some drinks at aperitivo may be more expensive than at other times of the day, but that’s because there are snacks included…more below.

But are you happy at aperitivo time? For sure! So there’s a definite link there!

How To Pronounce Aperitivo

Aperitivo is pronounced ah-peh-ree-TEE-voh.

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The Difference Between Aperitivo and Digestivo

Here in Italy we not only enjoy our pre-dinner drinks, but there’s an extra special place in our hearts for after-dinner drinks too. That’s where the digestivo comes in. After all, it’s only natural to want to ‘digest’ that wonderful dinner you’ve eaten. The digestive is usually a herb-based liqueur (although it might also be a more international whisky or brandy).

Homebrewing is a widespread hobby and artform and every Italian family worth its salt will have a family member who’s an expert at producing some kind of plant-based digestivo. This deserves a whole article on its own, so we’ll save it for another day, but I’ll just mention in passing that some of the most popular Italian after-dinner drinks are amari (literally ‘bitters’) like Amaro Del Capo, Montenegro, and Braulio (a herbal liqueur from the Valtellina region in Italy).

You may be surprised to learn that Jägermeister is also a very popular after-dinner digestivo in Italy. Forget misspent youth and headache-inducing Jaeger-bombs…it’s meant to be sipped and enjoyed slowly (and you generally only drink one!).

Of course, another popular Italian digestivo is grappa (a grape skin distillate). It’s the perfect use for marc, which is left after grapes have been crushed to make wine. In Italy, nothing goes to waste.

Read more about Italian Digestif – After Dinner Drinks in Italy!

What To Drink At Aperitivo

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Aperol Spritz – A Classic Italian Aperitivo

The most popular aperitivo italiano is undoubtedly Aperol Spritz. Ever been to Italy and seen those ubiquitous orange drinks on tables in Italian squares? Yes, that’s Aperol Spritz. Aperol is an Italian bitter with a secret recipe that includes gentian (a bright blue flower widespread in the Italian Alps), rhubarb, and cinchona. It’s the ideal blend of bitter-sweet flavors.

Here is the recipe for the perfect Aperol spritz:

Fill a wine glass with plenty of ice and just remember the 3-2-1 ratio:

  • 3 parts prosecco
  • 2 parts Aperol
  • 1 part soda

Add an orange slice and you’re ready to go.

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Italian Spritz Variations

Of course, there are plenty of ‘spritz’ variations. You can substitute Aperol with another Italian favorite, Campari, also made with herbs and fruit, dark red, and more alcoholic.

Fun Fact: Campari has created some of Italy’s most iconic artistic advertisements.

Real aperitivo aficionados will enjoy ‘Select’, the original Venetian spritz additive, with a vibrant red color like an Italian sunset. Rhubarb roots and juniper berries make this liqueur a real treat and although little known outside Venice, it’s been produced since 1920.

Of course, one thing that a spritz is not is a white wine spritzer (that’s just a wine and soda) and strangely enough, it’s not that commonly ordered in Italy. I had trouble even coming up with the name for it in Italian. I’ve heard it called a ‘sguazzone’ in the North-East of the country, but there may be other dialectal versions for the same thing. If it’s your poison perhaps it’s best to just call it what it is ‘vino bianco con soda’!

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Most Popular Italian Aperitivo Drinks

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  • Spritz – Aperol or Campari, prosecco, club soda, ice and slice of orange
  • Americano – sweet vermouth, Campari, club soda, ice and slice of orange or lemon
  • Negroni – gin, sweet vermouth, Campari and orange peel
  • Negroni sbagliato – literally ‘a Negroni made wrong’ – prosecco, sweet vermouth and Campari
  • Bellini – prosecco, peach puree
  • Hugo – prosecco, soda, elderflower syrup, ice, slice of lime, mint
  • A simple glass of red wine, white wine or beer
  • Sparkling wine is another favorite. Prosecco is widespread but why not try a ‘metodo classico’, Italian champagne in all but name?

Non-Alcoholic Italian Aperitivo Drinks

  • Sparkling water with lemon
  • Chinotto
  • Aperol soda
  • Campari soda
  • Crodino – an orange, bitter aperitif but without alcohol
  • Soda and syrup, like fiore di sambuca – elderflower

Is Food Is Served At Aperitivo?

Snacks, whether plentiful or small, are included with the price of your drink. No Italian likes drinking on an empty stomach.

Basic Aperitivo

Food to accompany your aperitivo varies widely. In some simple, local bars you may just get a few peanuts, a couple of olives and some chips.


Some bars, especially in Milan (Italy’s aperitivo capital), really go to town with a whole countertop of dishes. You can grab a plate and serve yourself from a selection of pastas, rice salads, panzanella, frittatas, bite-size pizzas, vegetables, snacks and other delights.

A simple aperitivo becomes an apericena (aperitif + dinner). You generally pay a premium for your drink, because you’re basically getting dinner thrown in too! In fact, many restaurants are often up in arms because after eating so much at aperitivo time no one is going to have room for a sit-down meal in a restaurant afterward.

At the end of the day, it’s up to you to choose the kind of aperitivo experience you prefer – lots of food or just a light snack. Here in Italy, we all have our favorite bars for that very reason, so you can have fun trying a few out!

How To Order An Aperitivo

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To ask for your negroni:

Posso avere un negroni, per favore? May I have a negroni, please?

Or we can make it really simple…

Un negroni, per favore. A negroni, please.

To order other drinks, just replace ‘un negroni‘ with:

  • un negroni sbagliato
  • uno spritz (con Campari, con Aperol)
  • un americano
  • un bellini
  • un hugo
  • un bicchiere di vino rosso
  • un bicchiere di vino bianco
  • un prosecco
  • un chinotto
  • un crodino
  • un’acqua naturale
  • un’acqua frizzante

Aperitivo ‘Rules’

Use The Serving Utensils

Picking up snacks with your hands from the bar counter is generally frowned upon. Bars are careful to put serving utensils for hygiene reasons, as it is communal food after all, so no dipping your hands in the dish of peanuts guys, use the spoon!

Don’t Overfill Your Plate

And there’s no need to pile your plate to the heavens either. Try not to look like you’re starving – just take a few snacks, enjoy them and you can always go back up for a discrete second round.

Good To Know: Covid regulations have put some temporary brakes on the bar counters full of food. Right now you’ll get an individual plate with some snacks served alongside your drink.

Paying For Your Aperitivo

When it comes to paying for your aperitivo, each bar has its own system.

Often, you’ll pay first at the counter then get your drink and take it to your table. Other bars will have a more formal table service where you’ll order your drinks and then get the check at the end. Some bars, especially very busy ones, may have the table service, but they’ll give you your check right away and you pay as soon as the drinks come to the table. Just watch what’s going on around you and, if in doubt, ask!

Where To Have Aperitivo

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Here are some of our favorite places for apertivo:

Best Aperitivo in Florence

A seriously chic experience with perfectly hand-crafted cocktails containing 100% Italian-produced ingredients. Bartender Fabiano Fabiani not only serves exquisitely mixed drinks but will take you on a journey through Italian aperitivo history! The bar has a beautiful outdoor area with a view of Piazza San Pancrazio and the Marino Marini Museum.

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Best Aperitivo in Venice

Osteria Al Squero
It’s a seriously thankless task trying to choose the best place for an aperitivo in Venice.

The city is the home of the spritz though perhaps (let’s whisper it) it’s not even really Italian in origin. The Veneto region of Italy was under the domination of the Austrian Empire in the early 19th century and Hapsburg soldiers used to love local wine with a little sparkling water, giving rise to the ‘spritz’ tradition.

Good To Know: Venice has its own traditional aperitivo snacks – cicchetti. They don’t come free, but they cost only one or two euros each. They are generally little slices of bread (like a tiny open sandwich) topped with all sorts of delights, especially octopus, sardines, or anything fishy. Get a few from the bar and, if it’s a nice evening, sit along the canal right opposite where Venice’s gondolas are built.

Best Aperitivo in Rome

Wisdomless Club
A pretty hipster locale…you’ll be forgiven for thinking you’ve been transported back in time to a 1920s speakeasy. Perfectly mixed drinks in a unique setting with its very own stuffed alligator. Careful how much you drink here – it’s also a tattoo parlor, so you might come out with more than you bargained for.

Best Aperitivo in Milan

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We’re not sure if this bar is named after the owner’s favorite soccer team or where Robin Hood used to hang out, but in any case, it’s a little gem. Truly creative cocktails with Italian favorites and recipes from around the world. Don’t turn up in a big group – you won’t fit! And be prepared to join a line, but it’s well worth the wait.

The Brera district is also a lively place for an outdoor aperitivo.

Best Aperitivo in Naples

The South of Italy use to lag behind a little compared to the North when it comes to aperitivo, but not anymore. Try Barril, a peaceful oasis in the heart of Naples’ lively Chiaia district, offering great drinks and elegant finger food.

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Aperitivo With Kids

You may be wondering if you need to leave the kids at home for aperitivo. The answer is – no, you can bring them (babies, toddlers, kids, and teens)!

I see plenty of families that take little ones along to aperitivo. But, if your kids can’t sit still, don’t go to aperitivo at a small indoor bar. Instead, choose an aperitivo location in a piazza or with space for the kids to run around.

We usually bring our kids out to have an apericena because we eat dinner early. Our kids usually order juice (pear and peach are favorites) and they love getting the little plates of nibbles.

Or, stop by the grocery store to buy aperitivo ingredients and have your own aperitivo at a park, a viewpoint, or even back at your hotel.

Aperitivo At Home

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If you aren’t in Italy yet, you can still enjoy aperitivo at home with friends and family!

Just gather your desired aperitivo drink ingredients and some finger foods. Here are some easy to prepare favorites that are ‘in the rotation’ at our house:

At-Home Aperitivo Drinks

  • Wine (red and/or white)
  • Beer (Ichnusa, Peroni, Morretti, Menabrea, or Forst)
  • Spritz
  • Hugo

Easy to At-Home Aperitivo Food

  • Grissini (breadsticks)
  • Bruschetta
  • Crackers and cheese (especially pecorino, parmigiano, or mozzarelline)
  • Frittata cut into squares
  • Sott’oli (literally, under oil) – sundried tomatoes, olives, little onions
  • Sott’aceti (literally, under vinegar) – capers, mini pickles
  • Panzanella (traditional or gluten-free panzanella)
  • Rice salad (rice with tomatoes, salame, cubed cheese, olives)
  • Lentil salad

Books About Aperitivo

Want to dive deeper into aperitivo? Check out these books on aperitivo culture in Italy and the classic aperitivo italiano, the spritz:


Do I need to leave a tip at aperitivo?

No is the short answer, we’re not huge on tipping in Italy, BUT as someone who’s worked in the service industry, I can promise that a couple of euros left on a table will never be sniffed at. It’s a nice gesture for your server. Obviously, no one will come after you if you don’t leave any kind of tip. For more details, check out our article on Tipping in Italy.

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Is aperitivo the same as aperol?

An aperitivo is not the same as aperol. Aperitivo is the act of having a pre-dinner drink (usually with some snacks). Aperol is the orange herbal liqueur that’s added to prosecco to make an Aperol spritz.

Is aperitivo the same as Campari?

No. Campari is also added to prosecco to make a Campari spritz, amongst other drinks and cocktails. It has a little more alcohol and is slightly less sweet than Aperol. It was invented back in 1860 in Novara, Italy. In 1867 Gaspare Camparino opened a bar in Milan’s city center, right next to the famous cathedral. This elegant bar is still there today and it’s a real place of pilgrimage for Campari-lovers.

Is aperitivo only in big cities in Italy?

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No, you can find aperitivo anywhere in Italy! In the mountains, at the seaside, and in smaller towns and villages (like Montepulciano and Pienza).


What is an Italian aperitivo? ›

An aperitivo is a pre-meal drink; the experience of aperitivo is a cultural ritual. Derived from the Latin aperire, the tradition is meant “to open” the stomach before dining. Accordingly, for centuries Italians have said cheers – cin cin – over drinks and appetizers in the early evening hours between work and dinner.

What is Italians favorite aperitivo? ›

The most iconic Italian aperitivo is the spritz. This bold red drink is made with either Campari or Aperol (which is slightly sweeter and has a brighter appearance), plus white wine, and topped with fizzy water.

What are the different types of aperitivo? ›

Below are some of our most beloved aperitifs, perfect for enjoying on their own or mixed in cocktails.
  • Aperol. ...
  • Bianco Borgogno Vermouth. ...
  • Malfy Gin. ...
  • Ramazzotti Aperitivo Rosato. ...
  • Luxardo Amaro Abano. ...
  • Amaro Montenegro. ...
  • Braulio. ...
  • Fernet-Branca.

How often do Italians have aperitivo? ›

Aperitivo hour, or rather hours, starts every night from around 6:00 PM (though things don't start to pick up until 7:00 PM) to 9:00 PM at local cafes, bars, hotels, and restaurants throughout Italy.

What are the rules for aperitivo? ›

The ideal time for an aperitivo is before a meal. Its purpose is to stimulate the appetite with a light drink and snack. Before lunch, aperitivo time starts at around 12:00 (12 pm) and lasts until 13:30 (1:30 pm). Before dinner, aperitivo can start at 18:30 (6:30 pm) and usually ends before 21:00 (9 pm).

What do you serve at aperitivo? ›

Aperitivo food can be as basic as chips and olives, or as elaborate as an array of delicately arranged crostini. The key is to keep things simple and classic. The best basic aperitivo spreads are a trifecta of olives, nuts and potato chips.

What are some facts about aperitivo? ›

An aperitivo is a pre-meal drink; the experience of aperitivo is a cultural ritual. Derived from the Latin aperire, the tradition is meant “to open” the stomach before dining. Accordingly, for centuries Italians have said cheers – cin cin – over drinks and appetizers in the early evening hours between work and dinner.

What are the types of aperitivo in Italy? ›

Aperitivo drinks are divided into two categories: alcolici (alcoholic), and analcolici (non-alcoholic) drinks. Non-alcoholic drinks can range from fruit juice cocktails to a non-alcoholic bitter (Crodino, Sanbitter).

What time do Italians eat aperitivo? ›

The aperitivo is a warm up for dinner

Dinner in Italy (and across Europe) routinely starts at 9 p.m. or later. The aperitivo provides a leisurely time between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. to unwind, sip refreshing drinks, and socialize before dinner.

What is the most common aperitif? ›

Common choices for an apéritif are vermouth; champagne; pastis; gin; ouzo; fino, amontillado or other styles of dry sherry (but not usually cream or oloroso blended sherry, which is very sweet and rich). An apéritif may be served with an hors d'oeuvre or amuse-bouche, such as crackers, cheese, pâté, quiche or olives.

What is a classic Italian aperitif? ›

Campari and Aperol are among the most common apéritifs in Italy, serving as main ingredients in classic Italian cocktails like the Aperol Spritz and Negroni.

Can you drink aperitivo straight? ›

Aperol really does not need any mixer or addition added to it and its light flavor makes it perfect for just that. This is not like drinking other liquor straight up that may be too overpowering. Aperol makes a great drink to sip in its pure form without any harsh bite.

Do you need to refrigerate aperitivo? ›

Low-Proof Liqueurs and Aperitivi: Most liqueurs and aperitivi (a sub-category of red-hued, bittersweet Italian liqueurs) are high enough proof that between the alcohol and the sugar, they'll last a long time at room temperature if they're well sealed.

What is the difference between antipasti and aperitivo? ›

In English Antipasti/Antipasto is a 'Appetizer'

Or if you're going to a bar the aperitivo– which is tapa style light food that comes out with a hopefully, slightly more expensive drink before a full dinner (you have to seek out the good ones in Italy).

What time do most Italians go to bed? ›

Italy. In Italy, the average bedtime is 12:35 am. People in Italy also tend to get up relatively early, waking up before 8:00 am. The average time people in Italy wake up is 7:52 am.

How do you drink Italian aperitivo? ›

Select Aperitivo

It's best enjoyed neat, or in its traditional serve: the Venetian Spritz. The trademark spritz is a mix of Select, prosecco (some locals prefer white wine), and soda water, garnished with a signature green olive. It has been a go-to cocktail among Venetians since the 1970s.

What does aperitivo taste like? ›

Typically, the Aperitivo is somewhat dry and a little bitter, with a refreshing lightness and delicate fizziness. Full of flavor - it's optimised to stimulate your appetite after all - and highly aromatic, without dulling your taste buds, the Aperitivo is perfection in a glass.

How do you host an aperitivo? ›

Tips to keep you organised:
  1. Have plenty of ice.
  2. Clean glassware, anything from wine glasses to tumblers.
  3. Cut fruit for garnishing (mainly orange for your usual aperitivo drinks)
  4. Chill wine/Prosecco.
  5. There's no need to go overboard with the food. ...
  6. Pick recipes you can make in advance.
  7. Pre-batch drinks when possible.
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What is the origin of aperitivo? ›

One widely enjoyed custom associated with dining and drink — aperitivo — originated in Italy several hundred years ago, and continues in various forms around the world today.

Why is aperitivo bitter? ›

Bitter, red, Italian aperitivos are liqueurs flavoured with spices, herbs and roots to create the perfect balance of bitterness (generally reminiscent of citrus peel) and sweetness. The liqueurs are coloured to achieve an orange-red hue, and they're most famous for the popular Aperitivo Spritz!

What is the difference between aperitivo and Aperol? ›

No, aperitivo and Aperol are not exactly the same. Aperitivo is the general term for the beloved Italian pre-dinner drink ritual, while Aperol Spritz is considered a popular type of aperitivo.

How long does aperitivo last? ›

1. What time is aperitivo? Well, aperitivo is a pre-dinner drink meant to whet your appetite for your evening meal. Since Italians normally have lunch at around 1 or 2pm, you'll find aperitive starting from around 6.30pm and lasting until about 9pm.

What do Italians drink at night? ›

After a traditional Italian meal or dinner you are likely to be offered a 'digestivo' aka an Italian digestive drink (digestif). Italian digestivo are alcoholic after dinner drinks, usually served in a small glass, straight, as a shot.

Why the aperitif is important? ›

The purpose of an aperitif is to open the palate. Taking its name from the Latin verb aperire ("to open"), the aperitif is a light, dry premeal drink that serves to stimulate the appetite and ready one's stomach for the food yet to come.

Is limoncello an aperitif? ›

Traditionally, limoncello is made with Femminello St. Teresa lemons, a vibrant lemon variety native to the Sorrento Peninsula of Italy. The liqueur is served chilled in small ceramic glasses as an apéritif or digestif (a drink served before or after a meal) to aid in digestion.

What is the main ingredient of aperitifs? ›

Vermouth: Dry vermouth is most associated with apéritifs, though sweet vermouth can work before or after dinner. Enjoy them in cocktails, or chilled or on the rocks with a dash of bitters.

What is the opposite of aperitivo? ›

An aperitif, according to Webster's Dictionary, is “an alcoholic drink taken before a meal as an appetizer.” Its counterpart, the digestif, is meant to do just the opposite: aid in digestion after a meal.

Which is better Campari or Aperol? ›

Taste: Think of Aperol as a sweeter, less bitter alternative to Campari. The orange flavor shines through, and you'll also notice notes of botanicals and rhubarb. Alcohol content: Aperol's 11% ABV is significantly lower compared to Campari and other spirits like gin and vodka.

Do you refrigerate Prosecco? ›

One of the best ways of storing Prosecco after opening it is by keeping it in the fridge, as cool air slows down the release of gas bubbles. Make sure the bottle is upright, so it doesn't spill. To ensure that your Prosecco remains fizzy after opening it, invest in a wine stopper specifically for sparkling wines.

Do you refrigerate bitters? ›

On average, bitters last around 5 years.

However, there's no need to refrigerate bitters. Even though there are organic compounds in bitters, the amount of alcohol acts as a natural sterilizer and preservation agent. So, feel free to leave it on your bar cart or in your liquor storage cabinets without having to worry.

What is the most popular Italian appetizer? ›

Perhaps the most popular Italian appetizer, antipasto is a dish made up of a variety of different Italian favorites. Even throughout different regions of Italy, an antipasto appetizer contains different kinds of meats, cheeses, and vegetables.

What is American aperitivo? ›

Typically referring to low-alcohol drinks containing bittersweet liqueurs and/or vermouth, an aperitivo drink is intended to open up one's palate and stimulate a drinker's appetite before a meal.

Is Martini an aperitivo? ›

A CRAFT THAT TAKES TIME AND CARE. After we slowly remove the alcohol from our wine, preserving the authentic characteristics, we infuse the flavours of our superior botanicals, including Artemisia and Bergamot. The result is an Aperitivo that's unmistakably MARTINI.

What is the biggest meal of the day in Italy? ›

Ideally, lunch includes courses; a primo piattoor first course, like pasta, gnocchi, or rice, a protein, and vegetables. Normally, lunch is Italian's biggest and most sustaining meal of the day.

Do Italians take naps everyday? ›

But, it's not all about a much-needed snooze in peak heat. Contrary to what most travelers think, Italians don't nap for three hours — they close their doors to go home, cook, eat with family, and rest a little.

Do you tip in Italy? ›

First off, tipping in Italy is neither mandatory nor expected, but if you do decide to do so, the gesture is a very clear indicator that you appreciated the service provided.

Is Aperol and aperitivo the same thing? ›

No, aperitivo and Aperol are not exactly the same. Aperitivo is the general term for the beloved Italian pre-dinner drink ritual, while Aperol Spritz is considered a popular type of aperitivo. So, while the two go hand-in-hand, they're not considered the same thing.

Is aperitivo a liqueur? ›

In simple terms, the aperitivo liqueurs can be divided into two broad styles: “aperitivo” and “bitter,” both roughly defined as red-hued, wine- or spirit-based products infused with citrus, herbs, spices and roots, then mixed with sweeteners to offset their intensity.

What do Italians drink after dinner? ›

' Simply put, the Italian digestif or digestivo is an alcoholic drink served after dinner to help with digestion. This type of Italian liquor is different than some of the more commonly known classic Italian cocktails like the Campari Spritz.

Why do Italians drink Aperol? ›

is an Italian aperitif, originally created in 1919 by bartender Raimondo Ricci. The drink was invented as a means to combat the heat and humidity of Italy's summer months. It became popular among people who wanted something light to sip on before dinner.

What percent alcohol is aperitivo? ›

Aperitivo is a style of bitter liqueur that is relatively low in alcohol (16% by volume), moderately bitter, and moderately sweet.


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