October 31, 2011

Appero, Apperò, Aperol or Aperitivo?

This morning I overheard some ladies say in English : "Let's meet for an appero next week".

An Italian would be confused because this seemingly innocent phrase has a word in it that has many meanings. My English speaking friends meant to meet for an aperitivo, a pre-dinner drink, a time to socialize with friends before each heads off home for dinner.

However, appero could be confused with apperò which means: oh,wow! or my goodness! It could also be confused with Aperol which is a brand name liquor that is generally used to make the Spritz a very typical drink at aperitivo time.

I think my friends meant to shorten the long word for Aperitivo...which in Italian is Ape. Quando ci vediamo per un Ape? - When do we meet for an Ape?

Hmm, this got me in the mood for a Spritz so below is the recipe for the Spritz. Make your own or meet me at Il Calice in Bologna!


3 parts Prosecco
2 parts Aperol
1 splash of soda or seltz
Ice, half a slice of orange.

Click here for more drinks made with Aperol, courtesy of the Aperol website. Please remember to drink responsibly!