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Jakarta Post

‘Aperitivo Italiano’: Happy hour, the Italian way

  • Josa Lukman

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, December 7 2019   /  02:18 am

Bubbly: A bartender pours a glass of prosecco, a kind of sparkling wine named after the village of the same name in northeastern Italy.(AFP/ Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)While Indonesians love to snack in between meals, Italians prefer aperitivo, their version of happy hour.Italy is renowned for its wondrous cuisine, but what happens when evening rolls around? The answer is dinner, of course.Yet, there is a period before dinner when people come together for a drink or two and have a chat over light appetizers before moving on to something heavier.Some people call it happy hour, but the Italians would prefer aperitivo.Indonesians generally don’t have a tradition of happy hour due to the Muslim-majority nation’s reluctance to indulge in alcoholic beverages and tendency to snack anytime, anywhere.Keen on introducing the Italian way of eating to Indonesia, the Istituto Italiano di C...