Back when I was in University I spend a semester abroad in Florence Italy. During those 4-months of living in a real-life renaissance painting, I learned a great deal about Italian food and culture. In other words, I ate and drank enough delicious food and wine to last me a lifetime.\nREAD ALSO: Montreal Is Getting It's First-Ever "Indian Street Food" Restaurant\nThere was one Italian cultural practice that really stood out to me though, Italians called it "The Aperitivo".\nSimilar to North America's post-work/pre-dinner time slot formally known as "happy hour", almost every bar and restaurant in Florence would offer a spread of tapas-style finger food and drink specials during the early evening, as a way of enticing customers to spend the entire night in their restaurant.\nMost of these evenings would start innocently enough with a glass of wine and a light snack to blow off steam from the day. And would then end three Gin & Tonics deep over a lively exchange of travel stories with a new group of German friends.\nWhen I came back home to Montreal, I found myself really missing European happy hour. A regular 5 à 7 just didn't cut it anymore.\nSo I was really pleased when I found out a new Montreal restaurant would be offering "Aperitivo" every day as it's main attraction.\nView this post on Instagram Authentic urban Italian eatery with a young and vibrant sense of local home and local community spirit. OPENING SOON | 645, rue Wellington A post shared by Joiea Sociale (@joieasociale) on May 24, 2018 at 5:00pm PDT\nJoiea Sociale, located on Wellington Street in the Old Port just opened it's doors just this past weekend. The restaurant is a multifaceted concept that offers modern and authentic Italian fare like rustic pizzas and pasta - like the dish pictured above - for lunch and dinner. And of course, "The Aperitivo".\n@joieasocialeembedded via\nAll the information you need to know:\nWhere: Restaurant Joiea Sociale // Old Port\nWhen: Everyday from 5 - 7:30pm\nWhat: Aperitivo - complimentary Italian snacks and music\nFor more information on Joeia Sociale, check out their official Facebook page HERE and Instagram HERE.