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Savouring aperitivi time

The art of aperitivo: Enjoying a glass with small snacks / dishes in advance of the evening meal

We're big fans of the Italian slow food way of life, and love our cicchetti (small snacks and dishes from Veneto) and aperitivo style finger-food served pre-dinner with a refreshing glass of wine.

Many of us are familiar with a spritz served aperitivo, but historically a glass of local wine was actually served with these small bites in Venice. So with that in mind, we are more than happy to do the same.

Our current favourite, and perfectly regional wine is the new vintage of Terre di Marca Pinot Grigio, straight from the beautiful organic vineyards of the Veneto.

A poll across the team found top matches snack-wise included homemade Polpettine di tonno, Ricotta & Roasted Tomato Bruschetta with Pancetta and White Bean Crostini. All to be enjoyed with family and friends on a lazy weekend in the early evening autumn light.

For some delicious recipe inspiration, and to help release your inner Venetian our we can thoroughly recommend books 'Apertivo' by Marisa Stuff and 'Cicchetti' by Lindy Wildsmith and Valentina Harris.

Often these small plates are really fun to make, and it's easy to get the children involved in the preparations. Enjoy!

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