The Cocktail Culture of Italy: Recipes for Drinks and Small Dishes
ISBN10: 0847847446 ISBN13: 9780847847440 Contributors: Fazzari, Andrea (Photographer); Bastianich, Joe (Foreword) Publisher: Rizzoli Intl Pubns Published: Apr 19 2016 Pages: 224 Weight: 2.52lbs. Height: 10.75" Width: 7.50" Depth: 1.00" Language: English
Kick off the evening as the Italians do, with these recipes for drinks and small dishes from the best bars and restaurants of Venice, Milan, Turin, and beyond. Aperitivo: from the Latin aperire, to open, as in open the door to friends, open conversation around the table, and open the appetite. Aperitivo is about coming together over drinks and snacks before dinner. It's a quintessentially Italian concept, and one that's worth emulating. Originating in the bars and cafes of northern cities such as Venice, Milan, and Turin, the custom has spread all over the country. Aperitivo takes the reader on a spirited ride through this cocktail culture, stopping at all the most chic and classic bars and restaurants that have elevated this ritual to an art form. Many of the drinks arc structured around vemouths and citrus- and botanical-infused liqueurs, which offer a new world of complex flavors. They yield enticingly simple cocktails that refresh without stunning the palate (thanks to a lighter alcohol content). But aperitivo is just as much about the food because in Italy, you can't drink without eating. Recipes feature peppers stuffed with tuna, the legendary croquettes from Harry's Bar, and polenta squares with baccala, as well as endless variations of crostini and focaccia. Whether planning a party or just having a friend over, Aperitivo brings a whole new spirit of conviviality and lets you host in tme Italian style.