The Art of the Aperitivo

Originating from northern Italy, the concept of a modern aperitif is generally thought to have been created by Antonio Benedetto Carpano, who created one of the first types of vermouth in Turin in 1786. Carpano claimed that this special concoction of fortified white wine and various herbs and spices stimulated the appetite and was far more suitable for ladies to drink than red wine. Known as aperitivi, which comes from the Latin word for opener, it became one of the first popular aperitivo drinks.

Today, the word ‘aperitivo’ is the name for both the ritual of going out for a pre-dinner drink, as well as the pre-dinner drink itself – enjoying a more relaxed pace of life with family and friends, and a little something to whet your appetite so you can fully enjoy your upcoming meal. Light in alcohol, and with a slightly bitter taste, it pairs perfectly with savoury stuzzichini or snacks. Dry, bitter, light, herbal and sour, the aperitivo is one of the quintessential cultural expressions of Italy, and a way that one can live la dolce vita – that’s the art of the aperitivo.

Enjoy aperitivo at Amano from 4pm-7pm, with our delicious range of aperitivi, including the herbal Crodino spritz, refreshing Hugo spritz and a classic Aperol alongside our accompanying selection of Italian cheeses, cured meats and bar snacks.