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lina Jun 26th, 2000 12:50 PM

aperitif suggestions for italy?
 
Can anyone recommend some special italian aperitifs for sipping at a bar before dinner - somethng fairly light and not too sweet. I've been ordering campari and soda which I like, but I don't really know about other alternatives.

Sheila Jun 26th, 2000 02:50 PM

Proseccho-Dry white sparkling wine; or, like Campari, Punt e Mes

karen Jun 26th, 2000 03:31 PM

I like Aperol. It's a bright orange, bittersweet aperitif which is always served in a glass with sugar around the brim.

richardab Jun 26th, 2000 04:35 PM

I like a Campari and Soda as an aperitif, its a little sweet and a little bitter. Its an acquired taste, but definitly Italian. <BR> <BR>While there try a Montenegro as a after dinner digestive . Its a strong floral scented drink from Bologna. Again, an acquired taste, but definitly Italian. <BR> <BR>Check out my websight for other Italian tips. The sight isn't completely finished but the path to Rome is almost done! <BR> <BR>http://home.earthlink.net/~richardab/ <BR> <BR>Follow the path Enter&gt;Fly&gt;Europe&gt;Rome <BR> <BR>There are a bunch of tips about eating in Rome. Click the "I" icon on the "Eat" page. <BR> <BR>

richardab Jun 26th, 2000 04:37 PM

I like a Campari and Soda as an aperitif, its a little sweet and a little bitter. Its an acquired taste, but definitly Italian. <BR> <BR>While there try a Montenegro as a after dinner digestive . Its a strong floral scented drink from Bologna. Again, an acquired taste, but definitly Italian. <BR> <BR>Check out my websight for other Italian tips. The sight isn't completely finished but the path to Rome is almost done! <BR> <BR>http://home.earthlink.net/~richardab/ <BR> <BR>Follow the path Enter&gt;Fly&gt;Europe&gt;Rome <BR> <BR>There are a bunch of tips about eating in Rome. Click the "I" icon on the "Eat" page.

Hooked on Prosecco Jun 27th, 2000 04:52 AM

Prosecco, definitely!

Christina Jun 27th, 2000 05:04 AM

ciao lina! <BR> <BR>try the following aperitivi: <BR> <BR>- Baby Martini gold o rosso there's less alcohol instead to the normal Martini <BR>- Sanbitter <BR>- Spumante <BR>- Prosecco <BR>- Martini extra dry <BR>- Gin Tonic, very famous here in Italy <BR>- Martini Rosso <BR> <BR>there are a lot of things we Italians drink before dinner....... ;-) <BR>

Paul Jun 27th, 2000 05:28 AM

Try a Cynar & soda. Cynar is an aperitif made from artichokes. It's not easy to find in the US, but common in Italy. It's not as sweet as Campari, and has an unusual taste. I find it very refreshing, and a great aperitif before dinner!

kam Jun 27th, 2000 10:12 AM

Punt e Mes and soda with a twist.

lina Jun 28th, 2000 09:14 AM

Thanks for all the suggestions! I'm really looking forward to giving some of them a try on our upcoming trip.

Jeanette Jun 28th, 2000 09:29 AM

If you are in the Amalfi area, it's Lemoncello everywhere.

Dona Jun 30th, 2000 05:43 AM

In addition to all the wonderful suggestions, when I'm not in the mood for something alcoholic, I like <BR>Bitter Bianco. It's very refreshing and great for the middle of the day when you just want to sit at a cafe... <BR> <BR>Also, I like a drink I tried at the Danieli in Venice - Prosecco with fresh strawberries (I can't remember the name). Other places have it but if the strawberries are not "fresca", the strawberry liqueur they use may make it a bit sweet for you... <BR> <BR>Have a great time trying all this out! <BR> <BR>Dona

Foster May 17th, 2001 02:58 PM

I'm also interested in trying both before (apperitivi) and after dinner (digestivi) drinks in Italy. Does anyone have other suggestions? On Mario Eats Italy recently he was drinking a Negroni. Has anyone had one?

Ed May 17th, 2001 03:05 PM

If you want to stay off the sweet side I'd suggest the Cynar. My favorite is Camparisoda, but the Cynar has a distinctly different, change of pace, taste. It's made from artichoke, by the way. <BR> <BR>twenj

richard j vicek May 17th, 2001 05:51 PM

Would suggest two, Campari and orgnge juice and the old standby Cynar and for afterdinner an expresso doppie with a <BR>Sambuca Romano...Richad of LaGrange Park, Ill.

Valerie May 17th, 2001 10:28 PM

In answer to the question about the drink called a Negroni: it is a vodka martini with a dash of Compari (can't vouch for my spelling) instead of vermouth.

Ursula May 17th, 2001 11:43 PM

I suggest just a glass of dry white wine like Vernaggia di San Gimignano or Soave Classico. <BR> <BR>More about Italian food and drinks: <BR>www.italianfood.about.com

Ursula May 17th, 2001 11:46 PM

Sorry, it's spelled Vernaccia...

steve May 18th, 2001 02:31 AM

regarding after dinner drinks, definitely try the Vincento, which is a wine based liquour and in good restaurants, is served with crisp almond cookies. The cookies should be dipped into the vincento. It's excellent. Good vincento may be aged for 20-30 years.

Ursula May 18th, 2001 04:17 AM

Steve: I suppose you are talking about Vin Santo and Cantucci (the hazelnut cookies). <BR>Yes, that's nice, I agree.


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