We all know the Italians of London Aperitifs are highly praised and always attended by large crowds.
The Aperitif di Carnevale 2009, however, turned out to be an incredible success with well over 340(!!) people joining us at the beautiful "Palmisanos" bar & Restaurant, in Marylebone. This large attendance was considerably more than the 200 people we were expecting and caused quite a few challenges in organising the distribution of the free appetisers - or "stuzzichini", a trademark of our Aperitifs. As you can see from some of the pictures in the gallery, the very generous staff of "Palmisanos" prepared over 900 individual "assaggini" which included :
Frittelle prawns and potatoes
Fried goat cheese with chestnuts honey
Panzerottini spinach and ricotta cheese
Mezzelune filled with chicken
Bigne filled with tuna cream
Italian omelet with spicy sausage
Italian omelet with courgette and potatoes
and the Chiacchiere di Carnevale - all of these made by hand!
Of course, the sheer number of attendees meant that availability of the "stuzzichini" had to be managed sparingly and staff "escorted" to avoid being assaulted by the guests eager to try these specialties! We do apologies for those of you who didn't have a chance to try them out. Unfortunately this is a consequence of our success : we challenge you to find any other initiative in London which can offer proper, repeated, Italian Aperitifs, on this large scale (250 people and more), each with free stuzzichini and no tickets, fixed price or entrance to pay!
We wish to thanks all the Italians who wrote us to congratulate for this remarkable night. A huge thank you to restaurant manager Pierpaolo for his exquisite organisation and assistance, and to the whole staff of "Palmisanos" - they were under a lot of pressure at times!
We are already working on the next Aperitif - maybe we should consider...Trafalgar Square?!
To watch all the photos from the night, click on the "Galleria Fotografica" link, just left to the title of this page.
And remember : if you wish to receive (free - of course!) the original photos in High Resolution (over 4MP) to share them with your friends, fiancee, mums or even with your...dog, send us an email to THIS ADDRESS and we will be more than happy to assist you.
Al prossimo Aperitivo!