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4 Festive Italian Twists on Holiday Entertaining
The holidays are about creating memories – over a table full of incredible food and drink, of course. For a delicious season and a Buon Natale, tap into the spirit of Christmas in Italy with these festive menu twists.
1) Create a sensational antipasto platter
For a simple, stylish appetizer full of Italian flair, use seasonal vegetables, premium Italian cheese and cured meats. Beetroot, baby carrots and cherry tomatoes provide a riot of colour on a holiday table, while Prosciutto Toscano DOP and Bresaola della Valtellina IGP are beautiful options to serve with Mozzarella di Bufala Campana DOP and Pecorino Romano DOP. Add artichokes in drizzled with Extra Virgin Olive Oil and pan-fried polenta wedges adorned with shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano.
2) Craft an Italian cocktail
There’s nothing quite as sophisticated as an Italian cocktail during the holidays. For an elegant aperitivo, serve Italian Red Vermouth in a classic Negroni – combined with equal parts dry gin and Campari – or on the rocks. Its rich, dark notes of liquorice and cinnamon are perfectly balanced for mellowed-out sipping throughout the evening.
Nothing says celebration like delicious Prosecco DOCG. It’s also a great base for dazzling cocktails: Try a festive Italian Bellini, crafted with Prosecco DOCG and peach purée. Perfectly balanced and totally tasty, it’s a classic for a reason. And if you’re in the mood to experiment, swap in raspberry purée and pour into a glass with bubbly Prosecco DOCG – tart, vibrant and party-ready.
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