Aperitivo all’italiana

vad är aperitivo

L’appetito vien mangiando,” is one of our favorite Italian sayings at Eataly. Why? It roughly translates to, “Eating awakens the appetite.” We could not agree more, which is why we love 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.

Traditionally, an aperitivo is a carbonated, bitter, and low-alcohol beverage, such as the Aperol spritz, which is made with Prosecco, Aperol, and a spritz of sparkling mineral water. More flexible today, orders range from wine to beer to a variety of mixed drinks.

Typical aperitivo fare includes crackers, olives, meats, cheeses, and bread. If you have ever enjoyed a salumi-and-formaggi board with a glass of wine at La Piazza at Eataly, you have had an aperitivo – even if you did not realize it!

Find below a step by step guite to an authentic italian aperitivo to host directly at home. 


How to prepare the perfect Aperol Spritz 

  • 130 ml Prosecco 

  • 70 ml Aperol 

  • splash of club soda 

  • orange slices 


  1. Fill a large wine glass with ice. 

  2. Add 130 ml of prosecco, followed by 70 ml of Aperol in each glass. Pour in a splash of soda water. 

  3. Stir gently and garnish each drink with an orange slice. 


How to prepare the perfect tagliere 

balanced tagliere should always present soma crisp and delicious crackersfresh bread or focaccia, olives, medium aged cheese such as RascheraMonatale or Toma piemontese and some delicacy from the salumi counter. 

Below the ingredients for a perfect tagliere for two. 

  • 100 gr taralli 

  • thin slices of salame 

  • 15 green olives 

  • 100 gr of cheese such as Raschera, Montale or Toma Pimontese cut in chunks 

  • slices of Otto tondo or Focaccia genovese 

  • Extra virgin olive oil. 


  1. Prepare all the above mentioned ingredients on a big wood chopping board, making sure all the servings are in finger food size.  

  2. Prepare paper napkins and tooth peeks to be used instead of plates and cutlery. 

  3. Turn on some authentic italian aperitivo music, we suggest Mina, Adriano celentano or Lucio Dalla. 

  4. Enjoy the moment to unwind and sooth into the evening. 



Salute – cheers!