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Finding the right food to pair with your Aperol Spritz is an essential part of the aperitivo tradition. Luckily, we’re here to help you craft the perfect spread of delicious nibbles and authentic Italian snacks. Enjoy these mouth-watering bites with friends and family paired with delicious traditional aperitivo cocktail recipes.

Read on to find out more about aperitivo culture in Italy and discover classic food pairings you can serve with your Aperol Spritz at home.

 

What is Aperitivo Italiano?

In little bars across Northern Italy, friends and family will often get together in the early evenings to enjoy aperitivo. You might see them sitting along the Venetian canals with an Aperol Spritz in hand. Or in the piazzas of Milan, sharing a selection of small plates and equal parts food, drink and atmosphere.

This lively tradition is just as much about the drinks and small plates as it is about the atmosphere and company. So, how can you capture the spirit of Italian aperitivo at home? With a wine glass filled with ice, a perfectly poured Aperol Spritz and the right food pairing. Garnished with an orange slice of course!

What food pairs well with Aperol Spritz? 

Cicchetti is one of the most popular and authentic food pairings with Aperol Spritz in Italy. The term ‘cicchetti’ refers to the different types of small plates served alongside your afternoon drinks in Venice.

If you order an Aperol Spritz in a traditional bacaro (wine bar), you’ll often be served a small bite to eat alongside your drink. It could be a polpette, crostini or a specialty of the bar. That little snack is the cicchetti. When paired correctly the fresh bittersweet taste from the perfect Aperol Spritz recipe will wake up your palette and work up your appetite for dinner.

 

Our favourite Aperol Spritz food pairings

Ready to make your own cicchetti at home? Here are some of our favourite small plates, snacks and nibbles to pair with your aperitivo Aperol Spritz.

1. CROSTINI

Crostini are crispy little slices of bread with just about any topping you can imagine. We’re partial to tapenade, but bars in Venice will stack them with anything from cured meats to soft cheeses or seasonal vegetables. Feel free to get creative with your toppings to bring out the fun for this Aperol Spritz appetizer pairing.

2. LINGUETTE

Take inspiration from northern Italy with a bread-basket full of Rosemary Linguette. This floral twist on thin and crispy flatbreads are the perfect addition to any antipasti platter.

Snap, share and top with your favourite tapenades, conserves or cream cheeses for a delicious pre-dinner snack.

3. POLPETTE

Polpette are miniature meatballs. Smaller than their spaghetti-topping counterparts, they’re served on their own with a toothpick for simple snacking. They’re easy to make and customize at home  if you’re so inspired.

4. ARANCINI

Arancini take their name from their resemblance to little oranges (arancine), making them the perfect Aperol food pairing. Arancini originated in Sicily, but they’re now enjoyed all over Italy – and the world!

They’re made of risotto that’s been formed into a little ball then coated in breadcrumbs and fried. You can fill them with meat, vegetables, or even Nutella for a sweet treat. Experiment to find your favourite Aperol pairings.

5. TARALLINI

Light and crispy, these Tarallini biscuits are often served with Aperol Spritz in the southern Italian regions. So, why not transform your kitchen into your very own trattoria and do the same?

Your guests can feel like they are enjoying aperitivo in the heart of Puglia as they sip their Aperol Spritz and snack on handcrafted Fennel Seed Tarallini. Delizioso!

6. TRAMEZZINI

Like the finger sandwich’s continental cousin, tramezzini are small, triangular sandwiches made of soft white bread with the crusts cut off. They can be filled with almost anything you choose – go classic with Prosciutto or mix it up with summery grilled vegetables and homemade mayonnaise. Get creative and try a variety of Aperol aperitivo recipe combinations.

7. TORINESI

Originating from Turin, Classic Torinesi are an aperitivo staple. Made from a handful of ingredients, each breadstick is stretched by hand so that no two Torinesi are ever the same.

You can eat them as they are for a fuss-free, yet moreish Aperol Spritz snack.

8. CHARCUTERIE

While it might not be as traditional as cicchetti, a beautifully-presented charcuterie sharing board is an easy way to impress your guests.

Get creative with the layout by creating rosettes of prosciutto and floral-inspired figs. Then fill in the gaps with a selection of authentic Italian crackers, such as Black Peppercorn Bolli and Olive & Rosemary Ovali. This fun approach to your Aperol Spritz aperitivo encourages you and your guests to share together bringing the moment to life.

 

Aperol Spritz, the Iconic Orange Drink 

Embrace the Italian tradition of aperitivo and share in the moment with friends and family. Bring everyone together with the unmistakable orange colour and fresh taste of an Aperol Spritz, ready to serve at a moment’s notice. Whether you prefer the traditional Aperol Spritz recipe or equal parts Aperol and Prosecco, you are sure to enjoy the experience. Discover what food pairs well with Aperol Spritz and enjoy the tradition and heritage of Aperol and aperitivo from the comfort of your own home.


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