Happy Hour

That’s what it’s called, in Italian. But it’s its own version of our happy hour, a better one, I think.

Sit down at a bar in the pre-dinner hours, say 6-8. Order a drink and they also bring a plate of rather fancy hors d’oeurves, some potato chips, and some peanuts.

Table with happy hour snacks in ItalyOrder another drink and they give you a refill on the food, too. You almost don’t need dinner.

And it’s affordable. My mixed drink of choice, a Negroni, is at least $10, plus tip, in the US. In Italy, with the snacks, it’s 5€, tip included.

You need to be careful before dinner at those prices. Trust me. I know.

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