When you’re craving authentic Italian – and a quick trip to Italy isn’t in the cards – La Famiglia in Reno can help. Between the ambiance, the food, and that sense you get that you’re visiting family, we love making your experience as authentic as possible. A big part of that authenticity? Our classic aperitivos and digestivos! These traditional before and after dinner drinks can really round out your meal and experience here at La Famiglia. Next time you’re in, ask your server for recommendations – here’s why.
It’s a Tradition
Aperitivos and digestivos aren’t simply alcoholic beverages. They’re a way to experience the culture, tradition, and history of Italy. We love sharing that with our guests here at La Famiglia! Enjoying these beverages is a simple way of embracing wonderful Italian traditions of being present, appreciative, and fully in the moment. There’s something truly special about that.
Before a Meal – Aperitivos
You’ve heard of beverages like prosecco, bellini, and campari, but did you know Italians typically consume them before lunch or dinner, around the same time as the American happy hour? Unlike our happy hour, which tends to serve as a way to drink up at half price, aperitivos are enjoyed as an appetite stimulate and a social custom that helps people unwind and prepare for an excellent meal.
After a Meal – Digestivos
Digestivos can include limoncello, sambuca, and grappa. Typically, these beverages are made of herbs, spices, berries, roots, flowers and citrus peels. They can be on the bitter side, and they’re served after a meal as an herbal medicine of sorts to promote digestion. Enjoying a digestivo is also a beautiful punctuation to time spent with friends and family.
If you’d like to try these traditions yourself, tell our staff you’d like recommendations for aperitivos or digestivos with your meal next time you visit La Famiglia. We’ll be happy to make suggestions and share more information about the customs and history of this wonderful tradition.