Unless you work alone, work is a social event.  There are rules; spoken and unspoken, codes of conduct, inside jokes that only your co-workers think are funny. One of our little rituals is the aperitivo, or cocktail before dinner service. Friends of ours will drop by around 7:00 for a small drink and a chat, it’s a way to signal that the workday is over and the pleasure of being with friends and family has begun. Sometimes we can join our guests for aperitivo, sometimes we are too busy and Jeff takes pity on the kitchen crew and will bring us a Compari and soda. It’s a chance to talk over the day, catch up on gossip, or whatever else is going on.  For me,  aperitivo is a very civilized event, and it’s not about having an alcoholic drink, because not everyone drinks, and even those who do, it’s usually just a small, single drink; it’s about being social. Its simple ritual that connects you to those around you and most certainly, the Italians understand the importance of being connected.


  1. amy hunsinger on September 4, 2007 at 1:31 pm

    oh my goodness! how cool to see that you guys have a blog! i have a typepad blog as well. it is linked to my website. http://www.singphotography.com. my husband and i dined at erba luna a couple of weeks ago. (we were the ones with the atlana accents!) we stayed at la preghiera in calzolaro. we were in umbria for a wedding and sent many folks to your restaurant. we will absolutely be back. simply amazing!!!!! we truly had a wonderful time hearing some of your americans living in italy story! i wish we could have met your wife! i have posted a few of my pics from our trip on my blog, and had googled your restaurant to put a link up in my post about montone. we are having sweet dreams still about your beautiful restaurant and town. for us, it is back to our parenting life with 2 little ones! anyway! great to see you online. can’t wait to read the rest of your blog. take care! 🙂 amy and marty hunsinger atlanta, ga.

  2. Judith Klinger on September 6, 2007 at 10:49 am

    Ciao Amy and Marty! I should get out a little more often…as in out of the kitchen! I’m so glad that you enjoyed yourself at Erba Luna, that makes us very happy. And thanks for the kind word of mouth.
    When you come back, bring the little ones! Montone is a great place to be a kid, I’m sure you noticed that.
    Tonight we have a big Dutch family coming, lots of kids and their dog! They’ve assured us that he will fit under the table and go to sleep. Uhmm, a stuffy restaurant, we’re not.
    Looking forward to seeing you again!
    and Jeff sends a big hello!

  3. Judith Klinger on September 6, 2007 at 10:49 am
  4. Judith Klinger on September 6, 2007 at 10:52 am

    P.S. Beautiful photos on both website and blog!

  5. amy hunsinger on September 6, 2007 at 8:39 pm

    awww! how fun! we will definitely bring the kiddos next time. would love to see the dog under the table too!

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