Two recipes – Aperol Spritz & courgette salad

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Aperol Spritz launches #SpritzSuppers recipes in collaboration with Polpo restaurant

A few months ago I attended an interesting event at the Campari UK headquarters where we learned how Russel Norman (of Polpo fame) introduced one of Italy’s most famous aperitifs to the UK. Made with Aperol, Spritz is actually one of the many aperitifs Aperol can help with. I remember for example ejoyig may ‘Apertass’ back in Napoli, whereby Aperol, slightly alcoholic bitter cordial, is mixed with the brightly coloured fizzy drink from Calabria called cedrata, by Tassoni.

I was recently contacted by Campari and sent some recipes created by Russel as canapes and starters to go with a glass of Spritz. Since summer is coming (although some days one would not think so!), these go really well for an evening with friends to relax after a days’ work. 

Amongst those recipes, I picked the courgette salad, as I love courgettes and they are fresh and summery. I made the dressing suggested with beautiful extra virgin olive oil Tra Due Mari and a fantastic balsamic vinegar from Modena, which I received to try from Italia Regina, small female-ran company from Milan Italy. The site stocks up a lot of good brands, and a lot of Italian excellencies too so worth a look.

Below the two recipes – salute!


Aperol Spritz

A bottle of chilled Prosecco
A bottle of Aperol
Soda, served from a syphon or chilled
Tall balloon or wine glasses
Ice cubes
Slices of orange

How to make:
Fill the glasses generously with cubed ice
First pour 3 Parts of Prosecco (75ml) over the ice
Then, pour 2Parts Aperol (50ml) into each glass in a circular movement
Finish with a dash of Soda (25ml)
Garnish with a slice of orange
Video recipes are here

Aperol was originated in 1919 in Padua, created by the Barbieri brothers, specialists in liqueur production since 1880.

Zucchine, Grana Padano & Balsamic Vinaigrette Salad

Vinaigrette: extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar Corso Duomo Modena IGP
Grana Padano flakes
A handful of mixed seeds
Chilli flakes
How to make:
Finely slice zucchini
Add 2 tbsp of dressing
Add shaved Grana Padano and the seeds and chilli flakes
Serve on small plate


I was sent a bottle of Aperol from Campari UK and a bottle of balsamic vinegar from Italia Regina with the purpose of using in these recipes; opinions are my own.

6 comments Two recipes – Aperol Spritz & courgette salad

GALINA V says:

We’ve been indulging in Aperol Spritz recently as well. Such a lovely summery drink, reminiscent of Italian summers.

pastabites says:

It is indeed! except.. where is the warm weather 🙂

GALINA says:

Also wanted to ask you a stupid question which I keep forgetting to ask: where is the subscribe to your blog button? I looked everywhere and failed to find it. 🙂

pastabites says:

good question. I don’t have it – but will look to add 🙂

GALINA says:

Fab! I thought I was losing my mind, since I couldn’t find it. 🙂

pastabites says:

installed but not sure it works!

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