Aperitivo at Caffè Tuscher, Cortona

8 Apr

It’s early evening and you are on your way home from work, (or not, as is our case), and a bit hungry but knowing it is way too early for dinner….what to do? Well, the Italians have a great tradition called Aperitivo.  The word is derived from the Latin verb aperire, which means “to open” – and the Italian ritual of a pre-dinner drink or two is meant to open one’s stomach in preparation for dinner. Of course, meeting up with friends, or making new ones, just adds to the enjoyment.

How did the Italian aperitivo tradition begin? In 1786, in Turin Italy, Antonio Benedetto Carpano invented Vermouth by infusing white wine with various herbs and spices. His drink became famous for opening the stomach before a meal and hence, aperitivo was born.

So even when the rain is falling or the streets appear empty,

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plenty of people in Cortona are enjoying aperitivo at Caffè Tuscher.

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Aperitivo at Tuscher – always a good time waiting to be had!

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Ciao,
Judy

11 Responses to “Aperitivo at Caffè Tuscher, Cortona”

  1. Florence C. Connelly April 8, 2016 at 4:33 PM #

    Beautiful – wish we were there !

    Florence C. Connelly faclarsen@aol.com

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  2. jean April 8, 2016 at 4:45 PM #

    Ah, your second home. We remember you coming in after we had a lovely breakfast there. What are the names of the drinks? I love the blue one.

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  3. blogginginitaly April 9, 2016 at 1:15 AM #

    I’ll do some research on that and let you know for when you return!

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  4. karenincalabria April 9, 2016 at 1:25 AM #

    Fun waitress, interesting looking drinks, and the snacks could just about be a meal!

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  5. Gracefully Global April 9, 2016 at 2:16 AM #

    Isn’t aperitivo the best? I don’t think I would have survived all of these years in Italy without it…7 euro covers my drink and enough to eat for dinner (apericena style!). 😉

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    • blogginginitaly April 9, 2016 at 2:22 AM #

      You are so right, and besides the great food and drinks, we have met many interesting people from all over the world at aperitivo.

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      • Gracefully Global April 9, 2016 at 2:35 AM #

        Totally! I feel like I run into people all over Bologna from having met them during aperitivo adventures. 😉

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  6. Emily April 10, 2016 at 8:42 PM #

    YUM!!!! I remember that place with delight!! I think you introduced it to us!

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    • blogginginitaly April 11, 2016 at 4:06 PM #

      Yes, in fact I remember well meeting you and your friends in the piazza and directing you to Tuscher. In fact, as I recall, you returned for lunch that day too.

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