The Three Drinks You Have to Try in Italy

Though world travel remains hindered by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, one can hope and dream of a vibrant Italian vacation in its purest form – particularly one with delicious food and drink. If you plan on visiting Italy, whether in the near future or sometime in your life, though we can’t bring you there ourselves, we can certainly give you a few tips as to what drinks to try while you’re there! To learn more information, keep reading below!

Italy is a Wine Capital of the World

Though we wouldn’t go so far as to call it the wine capital of the world, there’s no doubt that high-quality wine is seemingly at every corner in Italy, both in urban and rural settings. Both red and white wines are commonly served at most meals, and part of the reason why is that it pairs well with most Italian dishes – including the likes of bread, pasta, or even lentils.

Should you plan on going to Italy, you should also plan on having your fill of wine. A few popular wines include:

  • Nebbiolo
  • Nero d’Avola
  • Valpolicella
  • Montepulciano
  • Dolcetto
  • Primitivo

Don’t Forget Aperol Spritz

A far less universal drink than wine, Aperol spritz is the eccentric result of mixing Aperol, prosecco, and tonic water, creating a unique, boozy fusion. The drink manages to combine taste, crispness, and drinkability, making it refreshing enough for the warmer months in Italy. If you find yourself parched after a long day of exploring or sightseeing, Aperol Spritz makes for an excellent and refreshing choice.

Like wine, Aperol spritz pairs well with food, particularly smaller snacks, or Cicchetti. In fact, Aperol Spritz was invented for this reason – to be served with small bites! However, that is not to say it doesn’t pair well with regular-sized, because it certainly does!

Prosecco is a Priority

Italy is the land of prosecco, which can be found in all manner of markets, restaurants, and bars. This delightful drink is authentically Italian, and a longstanding favorite amongst Italians from all walks of life. Much like Aperol Spritz, prosecco is light and crisp, making it easy to drink and quite refreshing. Also like Aperol Spritz, prosecco is commonly enjoyed before dinner and/or with appetizers.

Drink At Nico Ristorante!

At Nico Ristorante, we offer delicious red wines and other Italian drinks to pair with your Italian cuisine. Give us a call today at (617) 742-0404 or make your reservation online. We look forward to serving you!


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