The History of the Aperitivo, Italy’s Very Own Happy Hour

Mar 10, 2022 323

BY: Giorgia Cannarella

Ah, the first drink at the end of the day – a noble tradition honoured almost anywhere in the world. Getting a boozy kick at a bar before dinner is what prevents a probably shocking number of adults from losing their minds on the daily.

In the UK, we know this as happy hour, a glorious time when –if you’re lucky – the drinks are two-for-one and the snacks are cheap. But in Italy, it is all about the aperitivo, a glass of your poison of choice accompanied by a bite to eat, free of charge.

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