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July 27, 2011
Aperol Spritz


Despite the fact that summer is the height of the sweaty tourist crush, eating streetside in Italy is always a treat, even if only as a vantage point to appreciate the breezy chic of the locals.

Young men in sharp Armani suits scoot up to the curb on Vespas; stylish young women in towering high heels navigate the cobblestone courtyards with nary a wobble in their stride. Best of all, the restaurateurs don't fret about table turnover. During the aperitivo hour (5-8 p.m.), they expect you to slack away the first hour or two, nursing a cocktail, picking at the free cicchetti (snacks), and goggling the passing human pageant. Only an outsider would actually think that ordering dinner is appropriate at 7 p.m.

And what are the bella gente drinking to beat the heat? Well, in the north of Italy, the cocktail del giorno appears to be the Aperol Spritz.  ...CONTINUE READING.

Filed in DRINK/Spirits ... and REGIONAL/Travel Mondo.

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