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Is Happy Hour the American Apertivo?

As I learned while studying abroad in Florence Summer 2022, apertivo is pre-dinner drinks and snacks to activate the digestive system and open your appetite. This is a relaxing way to begin the evening with family and friends, and to decompress after the day.

Over winter break, I went to a local happy hour. I had a refreshing cocktail and shared appetizers with my dad. Village Social is a great spot in Mt. Kisco, New York to grab a bite and quite literally, be social.

This pre-dinner experience reminded me of apertivo (with a different selection of tastes). We ate pretzel crusted tuna and chicken dumplings- everything was so tasty! If you want an evening of slow eating, I recommend finding a local happy hour.

Note: apertivo does not have to include an alcoholic beverage.

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