La Locanda, Italian Restaurant, Gisburn, Lancashire

Aperitivo Rinforzato

In Italy, we love to enjoy an aperitif before a meal. An alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverage, the tradition originated in Turin over 200 years ago and it’s an enjoyable way to stimulate your appetite before eating.

An extension to this is the Aperitivo Rinforzato, which usually consists of a glass of wine or a cocktail with lots of nibbles and finger food to share with the others, usually for a set price. This became a popular tradition in the nineties where Italians loved to spend a few hours after work, milling around the bars, meeting with friends and family, and chatting over an informal light meal.

A great way to explore a few of our authentic Italian dishes, you can now enjoy this popular tradition with us at La Locanda. Why not make it a regular occasion of your own, as a way to relax after a long, hard day at work.

Available Monday to Thursday, from 6pm

Minimum 2 people – £20 per head

Comprising a glass of wine or Prosecco, or cocktail, accompanied by the following sharing dishes:

Pane della Casa – Homemade Tuscan bread, homemade garlic and rosemary focaccia, homemade rustic bread sticks, extra-virgin olive oil and aceto balsamico di Modena I.G.P. *V

Pane Carasau Condito – Meaning ‘paper music bread’, this is a traditional bread of Sardegna which is topped the extra-virgin olive oil, fresh chopped garlic and rosemary *V

Olive Marinate – Marinated Cerignola olives from Puglia *V

Olive Ascolane – Fried breaded olives stuffed with meat

Bruschette al Pomodoro – Toasted homemade Tuscan bread topped with fresh tomatoes, garlic, extra virgin olive oil and basil *V

Mozzarella in Carrozza – A traditional dish of Napoli. This is a deep fried mozzarella sandwich (in “carrozza” – in a carriage) served with citrus marmalade *V

Pere al Gorgonzola – Slightly baked pears wrapped in Bresaola I.G.P. (cured beef fillet) from Valtellina, served in a walnut and Gorgonzola D.O.P. cheese sauce

Gnocco Fritto con Affettati – A traditional dish from the Emilia Romagna region which consists of homemade gnocco fritto (fried dough puffs), served with cured meats Mortadella I.G.P. and Prosciutto di Parma D.O.P.

Insalata di Fagioli – Salad with butter beans, red onions, extra virgin olive oil * V

Broccolletti Fritti – Fried tender stem broccoli * V

Buon Aperitivo!

Classical Aperitivi

Crodino – £3.45
Non–alcoholic traditional aperitif with an orange theme.

Sambitter – £3.45
A non–alcoholic traditional aperitif with a ‘Campari’ style taste.

Campari Soda – £3.95
“The original” direct from Campari Company.

Bicicletta – £5.95
‘The Bicycle’- Campari with Prosecco, a traditional drink from Lake Maggiore, created especially for the boys!

Bellini – £5.95
From Venice, an elegant Prosecco with peach purée.

Negroni – £8.45
A classical aperitif of Milan. Campari, Batch gin (distilled in Burnley) and red Martini – a must!!

Spritz – £5.95
The most fashionable Italian aperitif – Prosecco, Aperol and soda water

Prosecco Cocktail Aperitivi

E’ qui la festa? – £8.45
A celebration cocktail. Prosecco, Campari, Grand Marnier and orange.

O’sole mio – £8.45
For a bit of sunshine. Prosecco, Aperol, Cointreau, orange and raspberry

Ristoro – £8.95
For a relaxing moment. Prosecco, Amaretto, red berry and Vodka

Signora – £5.95
To please the lady. Prosecco, martini and strawberry

Sorriso – £8.95
To put a smile on your face. Prosecco, Rum, pineapple and Galliano

Un po’ di allegria – £9.95
For a bit of fun. Prosecco, Martini, gin, brandy, Cointreau, peach and fruit

Spritziamo – £6.95
For a special Spritz. Prosecco, Martini bianco, lime, mint, soda water

Specialities – treat yourself!

Papavero – £9.95
Grand Marnier, Batch gin, rum, orange juice, tonic

Sorrento – £7.95
Malfy gin, lemon juice, sugar, tonic

Rosa Bianca – £7.95
Italian single malt vodka, lemon juice, ginger beer

Rosa Rossa – £7.95
Sambitter, Martini Bianco, Martini Rosso

Rumba – £6.95
Rum, ginger beer, sugar

Dolomiti – £6.95
Grappa Traditionale, tonic, brown sugar

Al Lago – £7.95
Olia del Garda liqueur, ginger beer, lemon juice

Carosello – £8.95
Guwerstraminer grappa, Campari, Vermouth

Sapori di un Tempo – £7.95
Grappa Trentina Morbida, soda, lime juice, brown sugar

Anima Nera – £7.95
Anima Nera liqueur, soda, lime juice, brown sugar

Ospitalità Italiana

An initiative which aims to certificate the best Italian restaurants all over the world. “Marchio Ospitalità Italiana” seeks to defend and protect Italian cuisine from adulteration and falsification, and preserve its history, culture, quality and authenticity. La Locanda has been an annual recipient of this award since 2009 and, in England, we are currently one of only 12 restaurants outside of London to be awarded it.

See our awards