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Long, animated evenings at an Italian wine bar TEXT: MYRIAM GWYNNED DIJCK | PHOTOS: L’APERI VINO
Inspired by the bustling wine bars of Italy, L’Aperi Vino welcomes guests for a splendid glass of wine in a lively environment. Opened four years ago, the bar is an inviting and energetic meeting place where locals and visitors mingle. Whether you have just one glass of montepulciano, or you stay all night for dinner and drinks, everything is possible. Open all week, it is on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening when the bar really comes to life. On these days guests can try free Italian bites, or ‘stuzzichini’, from the bar. “It can get quite chaotic and noisy, but in an enticing way,” says owner Dirk Hendrickx. “The bites include charcuterie, bruschetta, small meatballs, grilled vegetables, it’s always something different.” Aside from an extensive drinks menu, it serves numerous antipasti and big and small plates, so guests can spend their whole evening at L’Aperi Vino. The bar
prides itself on their specialities from the grill, such as the grilled lamb Arrosticini and the one-kilo Bistecca alla Fiorentina to share. He says: “We always have 34 different wines available by the glass, mainly from Italy but also a few from Spain and France. The name is a play on the word ‘aperitivo’, to represent the core of the concept, but we also offer plenty to eat.”
other restaurants by Hendrickx. Open daily from morning through to evening, they also serve a simple breakfast and strong, invigorating cups of Italian coffee. For Christmas and New Year’s Eve, the bar will have something special in store to celebrate the festive period.
As a veteran of the catering industry and having run various pubs, bars and restaurants, Hendrickx decided to open L’Aperi Vino in 2013. He took the concept of the Italian wine bar and refined it to fit the local environment. “I guess you could describe me as an ‘Italofreak’,” laughs Hendrickx as he talks about his love for Italy. “These types of bars are all over Italy, but they hardly exist in Belgium. I thought this was such a shame.” L’Aperi Vino is located in the heart of Hasselt in-between De Goei Goesting (see opposite page) and Buon’ Eatalia, two
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