A Toast to Italy

Build your next party around wine-friendly small plates for easy entertaining
Oct 31, 2011

Trust the Italians to have figured out a civilized happy hour. Come late afternoon across the country, plates of simple, well-executed small bites arrive on bar counters, to be consumed-gratuito-alongside a glass of wine or Italian drink. The dishes may vary in heft but the spirit is the same: high-quality finger foods that happily step back from center stage to play a supporting role in getting the evening's festivities started. Wine Spectator's Jennifer Fiedler explains.

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