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L’Aperitivo Italiano has raised the bar for networking events in Manila

At its core, L’Aperitivo Italiano is a premier business event that encourages its crowd to build connections, but their choice of wine as the medium couldn’t be any better suited

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You never drink wine without food. 

That’s the first thing you should know about wine, according to Sergio Boero, President of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines, Inc. (ICCP). The second is that wine is a perfect tool to connect people, and that’s exactly what happened at L’Aperitivo Italiano, a wine tasting event that took place on January 23 at the Manila House. 

As the saying goes, when in Rome, do as the Romans do. But if you’re nowhere near Italy, then bring the culture with you. That’s what L’Aperitivo is all about—bringing the country’s exquisite wine culture to Manila and enjoying the Italian tradition of aperitivo. 

ICCP President Sergio Boero (leftmost) with guests

“It’s a lifestyle, a way of living after the office,” explains Boero. Think of aperitivo as the Italian equivalent of happy hour, only far more elegant and sophisticated. The tradition is a way to mark a long work day with a glass of wine and finger food, both designed to whet your appetite before supper. But aperitivo is not an invite to drink any run-of-the-mill alcoholic drink—no, this tradition calls on only the best and most exquisite wines available. It transforms the simple act of drinking into a social art form. 

“Wine for me represents the excellency of our country,” says Boero. “We are trying to make people understand the beauty of being inside the wine culture.” A culture that offers a taste of the real Italian experience.

At ICCP’s L’Aperitivo Italiano, the selection of wines and finger food included: sparkling wine (Toso Proseco NV) paired with oyster with lemon foam, fresh tuna marinated in balsamic, and mussel gratin; white wine (Tedeschi, Pinot Grigio 2017) paired with arancino seafood, caprese in a glass with pesto, and pizzetta napoli; and red wine (Santoro, Montepulciano 2014) paired with caramella di parma e ricotta, crispy parmesan banket with rucola and bresoala, and mini-eggplant lasagna. All of which were carefully curated and paired together by Sergio and sommelier Paolo Nessi of L’Opera Ristorante Italiano. 

At its core, L’Aperitivo Italiano is a premier business event that encourages its crowd to build connections, raising the bar for networking events in the city. But their choice of wine as the medium couldn’t be any better suited. 

“Wine for me represents the excellency of our country,” says Boero. “We are trying to make people understand the beauty of being inside the wine culture.” A culture that offers a taste of the real Italian experience.

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