Just a while ago I ordered a glass of Negroni Sbagliato. Upon its arrival came this savory selection of appetizers, posing a real problem for me. It’s seven o’clock in the evening and a four-course dinner awaits me later tonight. I have no intentions of spoiling my appetite. On the other hand, turning down food in Kigali Marriott with the glorious recommendation my friends gave me could make me regret this in a near future.
Placing my cocktail back on the table, I admire the plates again. They are silently staring back at me, tempting my taste buds, with their enticing aromas floating around me. Hints of rosemary sneak up and touch my nose, then dance away; beckoning me to come a little closer.
I want to send back the food. But then again I would love just a bite.
Next to the calamari and Arancini, little snacks bait me with their brilliant red and yellow looks. Leaning down I smell the bouquet of earthy, fresh tomatoes and garlic.
Aperitivo is derived from the Latin word, aperire, meaning opening. The pre-dinner drink and spread of food are meant to awaken the taste buds and stir up the stomach juices.
Occurring after work between the hours of 6 pm and 8 pm, the aperitivo beckons one to indulge their senses in preparation for dinner ahead.
While some places keep it simple, only offering bowls of olives, nuts and chips; Kigali Marriott offers dishes that could contest with those of a four-course dinner. Freshly fried Arancini, delicious calamari, platters of meats and cheeses, and marinated vegetables. Still, competing with dinner itself, the hotel offers an elaborate buffet, testing one’s willpower not to overindulge.
One thing is for sure: An alluring scene awaits you in Kigali Marriott! Be sure to try Cucina Restaurant’s fresh and flavorsome favorites that bring the heart of Italy to Kigali.