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Summer is in full swing, and what could be more Italian than hosting a sun-kissed gathering with friends and family? Picture this: a warm summer evening on a terrace adorned with twinkling lights surrounded by friends and family. But wait, the pièce de résistance of your perfect summer get-together is, of course, the iconic Aperol Spritz! I can almost hear the clinking of ice cubes now.

But here’s the dilemma: what to serve alongside this liquid sunshine? You want the food to be just as memorable as the drink, a true Aperol Spritz food pairing. Because what is an aperitivo hour without the perfect “stuzzichini”. Worry not my budding Italian hosts. We’re going to find food that makes your Aperol Spritz and tastebuds dance the tarantella together!


The Art of Aperol Spritz Pairing


When picking food to go with an Aperol Spritz, choose flavours that capture ‘la dolce vita’. The perfect Aperol Spritz has a flavour profile of sweet, slightly bitter, but still light and refreshing. This profile makes it incredibly versatile when it comes to food pairing.


1. Say Cheese!


Let’s start with a classic: cheese. When it comes to an Aperol pairing, formaggio fresco is perfect. As with the best Italian dishes: you don’t need to complicate perfection. 

Start with a selection of your favourite Italian cheeses. An assortment of mozzarella, pecorino, and perhaps a dollop of creamy gorgonzola will do the trick. The rich, creamy textures and flavors of the cheese are a heavenly match for the citrusy notes of the Spritz.


2. Seafood and Spritz: A Match Made in Heaven


Seafood makes for an excellent Aperol food pairing. Imagine munching on calamari, savouring shrimp cocktails, or delighting in a simply elegant tuna tartare. The light, fresh flavors of the seafood dance beautifully with the zesty, bubbly Aperol.


3. Crispy and Crunchy


Wondering what snack to serve with Aperol Spritz? Look no further than something crispy. Bruschetta topped with fresh tomatoes, basil, and a drizzle of olive oil is a classic choice. Or perhaps some grissini, those delightful Italian breadsticks, to add a crunchy contrast to your smooth sipping experience.


4. Meaty Delights


For those who prefer something a bit more substantial, consider charcuterie. Prosciutto, salami, and other cured meats offer a savoury richness that pairs wonderfully with the refreshing qualities of an Aperol Spritz.


5. Sweet Endings


Yes, you can even pair desserts with your Aperol Spritz! A light sorbet or a citrusy tart can be a delightful way to end your aperitivo time.

Two Simple Recipes to Elevate Your Aperol Spritz Experience:

Recipe 1: Caprese Skewers

Ready to make your Aperol Spritz sing ‘That’s Amore’? Queue an irresistible Caprese skewers—the perfect Aperol Spritz appetizer pairing!”


  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Fresh basil leaves
  • Mozzarella balls
  • Olive oil
  • Balsamic glaze


  1. Simply skewer a cherry tomato, a basil leaf, and a mozzarella ball onto a small skewer.
  2. Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic glaze.
  3. Serve immediately as your Aperol Spritz appetizer pairing.


Recipe 2: Shrimp Cocktail Italiano

Embrace la dolce vita with our Shrimp Cocktail Italiano, the ultimate food pairing with Aperol Spritz.


  • Cooked shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • Cocktail sauce
  • Lemon wedges
  • Fresh parsley


  1. Arrange the shrimp around a cocktail glass filled with cocktail sauce.
  2. Garnish with lemon wedges and fresh parsley.
  3. Serve chilled and enjoy your Aperol Spritz pair food.


The Final Touch: Setting the Scene


What truly makes an Aperol Spritz pairing unforgettable is the ambience. Italian culture is all about enjoying the good things in life, and that includes the setting. So, put on some classic Italian tunes, string up some fairy lights, and invite your favourite people. Aperitivo is not just about the food and drink; it’s a lifestyle.


Why Aperol Spritz and Food Pairing is a Must-Try


Food and Aperol Spritz are a match made in heaven. It’s not just about quenching your thirst or satisfying your hunger; it’s about elevating the entire experience to something truly magical. 


So, amici, the next time you find yourself pouring a glass of Aperol Spritz, remember these tips and recipes. Whether you’re hosting a casual happy hour, a romantic date night, or enjoying some “me time,” these pairings will make your aperitivo time genuinely unforgettable. 


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