Why We All Need Aperitivo In Our Lives

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Everyone knows that food is the best part of travelling. In our newest recipe range we’re sending your taste buds on a Journey Through Italy using authentic ingredients and techniques. If you’re as excited as I am about this prospect, I have another proposal for you: aperitivo.

What is aperitivo?

Appetiser in English, apéritif in French, aperitivo in Italian (or apericena), is a pre-dinner drink accompanied by deli-style snacks meant to whet your appetite. It usually starts at around 7pm, and runs until 9 or 10pm when everyone leaves the bar to go for dinner.

During the warmest months, aperitivo is so popular that bars overflow onto the street. You’ll find locals sitting on benches, walls and even curbs, with a plate in one hand and a drink in the other.

aperol spritzWhat to drink

Traditionally, aperitivo involved alcoholic drinks with a slightly bitter edge to them, but in modern Italy you can get the whole bar menu involved. If you want to look like you know what you’re doing, order a classic.

  • Negroni – a 1920s cocktail originating from Florence and made from Campari, orange bitters, sweet Vermouth, and a twist of gin.
  • Aperol Spritz – a classic that’s enjoyed a recent comeback, made with prosecco, soda and Aperol.
  • Sanbittèr – a non-alcoholic sparkling infusion of fruits and herbs, a modern addition to aperitivo menu.

What to eat

Historically aperitivo has meant just olives and crackers, but today it has evolved into something far more sophisticated. Modern aperitivo includes crostini, cold cuts, cheese, bruschetta and crisps, bringing it closer to the Spanish tradition of tapas.


Gousto Market

Want to get involved? Add some aperitivo to your evening with some delicious snacks and authentic Italian wines, available to add to your box from Gousto Market.


  • Leafy Original Kale Crisps – light yet satisfying kale crisps, air dried to perfection. Delicately seasoned with delicious, natural ingredients, they offer a delicate crunch and come in at under 49 calories a pack.
  • Serious Pig Classic Snackingham Classic – a snack revelation! Finest British pork is infused with caraway, fennel, coriander and black pepper, cured and air-dried before being sliced into a seriously tasty, bite-sized snack. High in protein and low in fat.
  • The Real Olive Company Tricolore Pitted Olives – perfectly pitted Kalamata olives, picked in the sunniest Mediterranean climes. Marinated in garlic, chilli and basil – these are the sell-out stars of any antipasti.
  • Mr Filbert’s Moroccan Spiced Almonds – hot-air roasted and hand-tumbled in 100% natural ingredients. This versatile almond, chilli, mint, cumin and garlic flavour is brilliant crushed over crumble or curry!


  • La Crocera Barbera d’Asti Superiore – a perfect fresh juicy red but also over-delivers on everything else. Classic barrique-aged Barbera from 6 hectares of vines on the Il Cascinone estate. Plus more awards than we can list. Barbera, one of my favourite grapes.
  • La Palladino Durello Spumante – a crisp, zesty fizz from the local Durello grape grown in the foothills of Monte Lessini. The sparkling wine of choice in Verona’s bars and restaurants.
  • La Battistina Gavi – a high quality, complex white. The grapes are harvested by hand from the 35 year old vines which have been trained on trellis for ease of picking. Aromatic, zesty nose with apple and lime notes.
  • Terrazze Della Luna Trentino – has the traditional ‘ramato’ style of Pinot Grigio rosé. Careful handling, and a short soak in the press to extract the natural dusky bronze colour of ripe Pinot Grigio grapes, gives a pale, coral pink wine. An elegant and dry rosé.
  • Mastri Vernacoli – a half bottle that needs to be paired with delicate and subtle flavours. The mountainous Trentino region is renowned for the high quality of fresh, delicate Pinot Grigio. This is a great example with ripe stone fruit characters balanced by zesty acidity.
  • Lunetta Prosecco Spumante – a delightful fizz in a handy pocket-sized bottle – perfect picnic wine! Aromas of stone fruits, particularly peach, and also hints of apple. A crisp, light, and well-balanced wine with creamy mousse and delicate apple and pear characters.


To get to Gousto Market, simply go to the menu, pick your recipes for the week and click Checkout. Browse all our add-ons on the Thank You for Ordering page, including after dinner desserts and award-winning Italian wines. Add your favourites to your box and wait for them to be delivered to your door.


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