This recipe comes from Rome native Sophie Minchilli, blogger of Rome with Sophie, Italian food tour guide (alongside her mom, Elizabeth Minchilli), and author of the upcoming book The Sweetness of Doing Nothing: Live Life the Italian Way with Dolce Far Niente.
One of the most popular activities for Italians is meeting up after work for an aperitivo—otherwise known as a pre-dinner drink. Between 6:30 and 8 p.m., groups of friends and work colleagues all over Italy will meet up for what is usually a bitter cocktail or wine-based drink, along with some light snacks. The reason why the most popular pre-dinner drinks are bitter in taste is because they are said to stimulate hunger, preparing the stomach for food.
If you take a walk around any town in Italy in the last afternoon, you will see people sipping on this bright orange drink. Originating in the Venice area, it has now become a staple across the country. You can also substitute in other bitter apéritifs, such as Campari or Cynar (which is made from artichokes).
Recipe excerpted with permission from The Sweetness of Doing Nothing: Live Life the Italian Way with Dolce Far Niente. Copyright © 2022 by Sophie Minchilli. Published by Thorsons, an imprint of HarperCollins.
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