Today l’aperitivo is recognised as a stylish and elaborate affair, particularly in Milan, which is said to be the home of this eating trend.
Its long been a well-known fact that Italian taste and style go hand in hand. Italian chef Giorgio Locatelli has teamed up with Peroni Nastro Azzurro, to bring ‘L’Aperitivo di Peroni’ - the latest eating trend from Milan - to the UK.
L’Aperitivo is an authentic Italian tradition dating back to the 1700’s that combines delicious light bites, served up tapas –style, with refreshing light alcoholic drinks. Both are served during the early evening hours of the week as a relaxing prelude to dinner. When l’aperitivo first became a trend, it was customary for drinks to be served with complimentary small bowls of snacks such as olives and nuts.
Today l’aperitivo is recognised as a stylish and elaborate affair, particularly in Milan, which is said to be the home of this eating trend. Many bars now compete to host the best ‘L’Aperitivo time’ to attract the Milanese after work crowd.
Giorgio Locatelli says: “L’Aperitivo is part of the culinary history of Italy and has helped to mould my philosophy on food and Italian cookery. Italians are known around the world for their sociability, effortless style and natural effervescence which makes the marriage of l’Aperitivo and Peroni work so well. Winding down after work over an array of delicate tasting dishes and a refreshing Peroni is the essence of the tradition born out of the style capital of the world. No one does it quite like the Italians”.
L’Aperitivo di Peroni will be available in a selection of bars and restaurants across the UK, so look out for this stylish trend when you’re next quaffing your evening refreshment.
If you fancy rustling up some of your l’aperitivo at home, try the recipes from Giorgio Locatelli and Peroni below. The l’aperitivo trend creates a more relaxed way to eat, and provides a great way to sample a varied clutch of dishes, grazing style.
Try out these three great recipes for starters: