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Time and again, the concept of aperitivo Italiano is directly compared to American happy hours, however, there are some striking differences between the two that should be discussed. Taking place primarily in northern Italian cities like Milan and Turin, aperitivo normally happens between 7 and 9 p.m., and serves as a socializing appetizer before enjoying a late dinners. Though discounted prices aren't at play (those who advertise discounted prices are usually just catering to tourists), they do often come with small tapas-like plates to accompany guests' beverages.
Now, if we combine American sensibilities of happy hour with the almost romantic notion of aperitivo, a city like New York offers some great locations to partake in this relatively new Italian tradition, some of which have a very real aperitivo experience (albeit a couple hours earlier than found in Milan). Here are some of our favorites: