We often hear of “Friday drinks” but why not Wednesday and Thursday drinks to push your weekends earlier?
Having just returned from Rome, I was quite excited that Chihuly Lounge at The Ritz Carlton, Millenia Singapore has introduced “The Aperitivo Tradition” as part of its mid-week evening promotion.
Wanting to share some of his home-favourites over here, Executive Chef Massimo Pasquarelli (who previously worked for Alain Ducasse in Paris, Monaco, London, New York and Tokyo) and his team came up with the concept and selection of antipasti.
Mamma mia! That would mean unlimited servings of antipasti paired with a selection of wines, cocktails, draft beer and soft drinks.
When people say “Facciamoci un aperitivo!” in Italy, that would imply to gather your friends (and dates) to have an aperitivo.
“Aperitivo” is an Italian tradition which started with pre-meal drinks and snacks that would help stimulate one’s appetite.
The ritual of going out for a drink before an evening meal has become so popular in Italy, that it is now a common event for people to socialise and catch up with friends. Well, the flip-side is, people become too full for dinner proper!
Chef Massimo joked that the aperitivo is especially popular among singles and men, and that Italian mother always wondered why they would not turn up on time for dinner at home.
Chihuly Lounge, named after renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly, is elegant, classy and spacious.
Over here, I would think that you are all set up for an evening of wine and dine over catch up with your BFFs, or for a group gathering of after-work drinks to wind down the evenings.
Of course it matters that the food is great too! Be sure to try the tomato bruschetta, prosciutto melon with white balsamic jelly, a refined selection of cheeses, condiments and crackers.
Here’s what to expect from “The Aperitivo Tradition”:
Iberico Chorizo on Toast with Pickled Onion
Hickory Smoked Salmon with Caviar Cream served on Dill Potato
Prosciutto Melon with White Balsamic Jelly
Tomato Mozzarella Skewer
Mortadella and Pepper Olives
Selection of Condiments, Pickles, Olives and Crackers
Since the true Italian aperitivo tradition is not complete without drinks, there is also a range of classic cocktails and a selection of white and red wines.
The Beverage Selection includes Cocktails (Aperol Spritz, Americano, Negroni, Bellini), White Wines (Ruffino Pinot Grigio; Soave Classico) and Red Wines (Ponte d’Oro Capsularossa; Piccini Rosso Toscana).
If you are undecided on which cocktail to have, the dark orange Aperol could be the perfect aperitif – taking indication from its name.
Made up of 3 parts Prosecco, 2 parts Aperol, and a splash of soda, the cocktail has relatively low alcohol content, and has a refreshing bitter orange sweetness fitting for the summer weather here in Singapore.
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Small in size, but packed a punch. The lightly-toasted burger buns were soft, filled with a juicy beef patty, a creamy slice of foie gras, and chorizo marmalade, all of which enhance the flavours of the mini burger.
Make a reservation for “The Aperitivo Tradition”, quote “DanielFoodDiary” and receive a complimentary Mini Burger with Foie Gras, cheddar cheese, red onion and chorizo marmalade per diner. For a limited time period only from now to 26 May 2016.
The Aperitivo Tradition is priced at $55++ per adult, and is available on Wednesdays and Thursdays, from 6:30pm to 8:30pm.
Level 3, The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore
7 Raffles Avenue Singapore 039799
Tel: +65 6434 5288
Reservations Online – Chihuly Lounge
(Make a reservation for “The Aperitivo Tradition”, quote “DanielFoodDiary” and receive a complimentary Mini Burger with Foie Gras)
Chihuly Lounge opens daily from 9 am – 1 am
The Aperitivo Tradition is available from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm (Wed & Thu)
Eight-Course Weekday Afternoon Tea is available from 2:30 pm – 5 pm (Mon – Fri)
Weekend Afternoon Tea Buffet is available from 2:30 pm – 5 pm (Sat & Sun)
Cocktails are available from 9 am – 1 am (Daily)
Enjoy live Latin jazz from 9:15 pm – 12 am (Tues – Sat)
* This entry is brought to you in partnership with The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore.