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The word Aperitivo comes from the latin "aperire" which means "to open". So we can say that it's a sort of pre-dinner that opens our stomach.

But the aperitivo is more than this.

It's a way to relax after a busy working day, to meet friends in an informal atmosphere, a social ritual that can last half an hour or even more.

In Florence, where I live, you can choose between simple bars or beautiful hotels where you can drink a glass of prosecco, eating little "antipasti", talking with friends... if you are lucky on a terrace overlooking the city.

Well, like mum of two beautiful kids, my social life is not so glamour, but the "aperitivo" is a must in my family and the little girls are so happy to share this time with us.

When we come back home, after a day of work or school, after kid's afternoon activities, while I cook our supper, my husband opens a bottle of prosecco, basic ingredient of our favourite cocktail : the spritz.

The girls usually drink some water or fruits juice, eating parmesan cheese and nuts.

We talk about our day and actually it’s our way to have a little bit of relax before dinner.

Ingredients:

500 gr. anchovies fillets, soacked in cold water with a little of white winegar

2 tablespoon Panko (japanese breadcrum , but you can your regular breadcrumbs)

1 tablesppon toasted pine nuts

1 tablespoon raisins

1 tablespoon fresh grated parmesan cheese

1 tablesppon parsely, finely chopped

Salt & pepper

more panko/breadcrumb for dust

sunflower oil for frying

 

Dry the anchovies with a kitchen paper and chop finely using a knife.

But the fish in a bowl and add the pine nuts, the raisin finely chopped, the panko, cheese, parsley. Seasoned with salt & pepper.

If the mixture is too soft add more breadcrumbs. Head the sunflower oil. With two tablespoons take a small amount of fish and make a ball (nut size). Dust with panko and fry until golden and crispy. Serves 4.