Sunday, September 01, 2019

Aperitivo Classico 2019

Bar Fod, Cisternino, Italy. July/August-2019

One of the highlights of summer in Cisternino is Aperitivo Classico, a series of Sunday lunchtime concerts in the town square organised by Bar Fod. Every Sunday at 12 noon in July and August, a drink and nibble of some local produce with an hour of live classical music. There is usually a recommended drink of the day to pair with the food.

We missed the first concert because we were in the UK.


The DAFF brass quartet and I forgot to photo the food.


An introductory spiel about a local wheat beer.

Octopus in a bun with red Tropea onion garnish.

A wind quartet provided the music.


A local rosé and a wheat based nibble.

A lad we have seen in previous years demonstrating that the accordion can be an instrument of some subtlety not just a folk instrument suitable only for dancing.


No Aperitivo Classico as that weekend was reserved for celebrating the town's patron saint, San Quirico.


Part one of the concert was a children's story with music.

Drink of choice was an Aperol spritz plus friselle with tomato.

Part two was sax and piano duets.

...and a second round of egg and cheese "lollipops" to keep the children's theme going.


A guitar and flute duo.

A selection of locally produced cheese and salami.


Some operatic arias.

Champagne and seafood plus mortadella.

The last official concert always includes a team photo for the regulars.


A bonus concert the first weekend of September after most of the, mainly Italian, tourists have gone home. We were treated to a collection of pop songs, mostly featured in film soundtracks.

A brightly coloured food presentation as a homage to Andy Warhol and the exhibition of his work at nearby Martina Franca. A quasi-breakfast theme with a blue cappuccino (a frothy alcoholic cocktail) and red (beetroot) scrambled egg on toast.

More sax and piano duets.

Most of the regulars are now friends or we know who they are.

Lots more photos from Vito Zizzi, the official photographer, on the Bar Fod Facebook page.

That's it for another year...

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