aperitif suggestions for italy?

Jun 26th, 2000, 12:50 PM
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lina
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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.
 
Jun 26th, 2000, 02:50 PM
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Sheila
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Proseccho-Dry white sparkling wine; or, like Campari, Punt e Mes
 
Jun 26th, 2000, 03:31 PM
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I like Aperol. It's a bright orange, bittersweet aperitif which is always served in a glass with sugar around the brim.
 
Jun 26th, 2000, 04:35 PM
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I like a Campari and Soda as an aperitif, its a little sweet and a little bitter. Its an acquired taste, but definitly Italian.

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.

Check out my websight for other Italian tips. The sight isn't completely finished but the path to Rome is almost done!

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There are a bunch of tips about eating in Rome. Click the "I" icon on the "Eat" page.

 
Jun 26th, 2000, 04:37 PM
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I like a Campari and Soda as an aperitif, its a little sweet and a little bitter. Its an acquired taste, but definitly Italian.

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.

Check out my websight for other Italian tips. The sight isn't completely finished but the path to Rome is almost done!

http://home.earthlink.net/~richardab/

Follow the path Enter>Fly>Europe>Rome

There are a bunch of tips about eating in Rome. Click the "I" icon on the "Eat" page.
 
Jun 27th, 2000, 04:52 AM
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Prosecco, definitely!
 
Jun 27th, 2000, 05:04 AM
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ciao lina!

try the following aperitivi:

- Baby Martini gold o rosso there's less alcohol instead to the normal Martini
- Sanbitter
- Spumante
- Prosecco
- Martini extra dry
- Gin Tonic, very famous here in Italy
- Martini Rosso

there are a lot of things we Italians drink before dinner....... ;-)
 
Jun 27th, 2000, 05:28 AM
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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!
 
Jun 27th, 2000, 10:12 AM
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Punt e Mes and soda with a twist.
 
Jun 28th, 2000, 09:14 AM
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lina
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Thanks for all the suggestions! I'm really looking forward to giving some of them a try on our upcoming trip.
 
Jun 28th, 2000, 09:29 AM
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Jeanette
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If you are in the Amalfi area, it's Lemoncello everywhere.
 
Jun 30th, 2000, 05:43 AM
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In addition to all the wonderful suggestions, when I'm not in the mood for something alcoholic, I like
Bitter Bianco. It's very refreshing and great for the middle of the day when you just want to sit at a cafe...

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...

Have a great time trying all this out!

Dona
 
May 17th, 2001, 02:58 PM
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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?
 
May 17th, 2001, 03:05 PM
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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.

twenj
 
May 17th, 2001, 05:51 PM
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Would suggest two, Campari and orgnge juice and the old standby Cynar and for afterdinner an expresso doppie with a
Sambuca Romano...Richad of LaGrange Park, Ill.
 
May 17th, 2001, 10:28 PM
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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.
 
May 17th, 2001, 11:43 PM
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I suggest just a glass of dry white wine like Vernaggia di San Gimignano or Soave Classico.

More about Italian food and drinks:
www.italianfood.about.com
 
May 17th, 2001, 11:46 PM
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Sorry, it's spelled Vernaccia...
 
May 18th, 2001, 02:31 AM
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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.
 
May 18th, 2001, 04:17 AM
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Steve: I suppose you are talking about Vin Santo and Cantucci (the hazelnut cookies).
Yes, that's nice, I agree.
 

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