Italians know how to do summer. An aperitif in one hand and cured meats in the other, watching the afternoon lazily roll by. One of the best places to gorge on authentic Italian food is D.O.C. Pizza and Mozzarella Bar. In December it will dedicate the tail end of the weekend to the Aperol Spritz.

On Sundays D.O.C. Albert Park will salute the spritz: DJs will play in the courtyard and Aperol Spritzes will only set you back $10.

Andrea Mingardi, Sommelier at D.O.C, makes his Aperol Spritzes with Furlan prosecco, which he imports from Italy. It’s from Treviso in the Venice region, which is where the sparkling wine originated.

“Sitting outside on the footpath, we try and recreate aperitivo feeling here,” Mingardi says. Aperitivo is a tradition in northern Italy where snacks are served over some lazy afternoon Spritzes. Mingardi suggests pairing your Aperol Spritz with a selection of cured meats.

Italy is freezing this time of year; if we can’t be beachside at a Cinque Terre town, we will soak up the sunshine, roll up prosciutto and drink an afternoon aperitif in Melbourne.

Aperol Spritz
Makes one – approximately 1.4 Standard drinks

90ml prosecco
60ml Aperol
30ml soda water
Two orange slices

Fill a wine glass with ice, add the slices of orange.

Pour in the prosecco and Aperol. Add a dash of soda water to finish, which will ensure the Aperol doesn’t settle in the bottom of the glass.

December 5 to December 27
135 Victoria Avenue, Albert Park
9690 7960