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Antipasti

Giada’s Ultimate Aperitivo Recipe Guide

Aperitivo hour is one of our favorite Italian traditions, a ritual to start the evening with friends, conversation, and – of course – something delicious. From the Latin for “to open,” the word aperitivo literally means to prepare the stomach for dinner. That’s why this happy hour tradition includes lower-alcohol cocktails like spritzes and appetite-priming snacks to carry you through the early evening before a European-style late meal. 

Whether you’re throwing an Italian-inspired cocktail party or just want to start your evening in style, we’ve collected all of Giada’s best recipes for a delicious aperitivo hour.

roasted tomato crostini

Creative Crostini

Flatbread

Fabulous Flatbreads

antipasti skewers

Skewered Bites

green goddess hummus

Delightful Dips

Peach, cherry, and burrata salad

Shareable Salads

Marinated Olives

Other Antipasti

Spritz

Low-Proof Cocktails