We welcome delicacies and cultural traditions from all over the world in Manchester, from Greek cuisine and tapas, to tastes from further afield. Now, from the nearby heart of Northern Italy, ‘Apericena’, a new take on eating out is arriving to the UK restaurant scene and it promises to get diners out of their seats at the beloved Haunt.
Apericena (a mix of ‘aperitivo’ and ‘cena’, meaning dinner) has seen a huge rise in popularity across Italy in recent years. A concept born in Piedmont, Apericena blends the bar and restaurant scene in a more convivial, relaxed space; encouraging friends and family to share good food and drinks, without the restriction of being sat at a table.
Now premium Italian Alpine Birra, Menabrea, is giving diners the chance to experience the growing trend for themselves, with a series of exclusive Apericena evenings across the UK this September.
As part of the Menabrea Apericena concept, on Wednesday 13 September Haunt is removing low tables and chairs for the first time, giving diners the opportunity to enjoy a more social and up-tempo meal out. Set against the buzzing backdrop of DJ sets, attendees will enjoy delicious Piedmontese-style small plates served up alongside ice cold Menabrea birra brewed from the very region where the concept first hailed from.
Body Confidence expert and founder of Confidence Live Kirsty Hulse believes the concept of Apericena can create a positive and elevated atmosphere amongst diners that could genuinely help people feel more confident and connected. She said: “Removing chairs from restaurants has the potential to bring higher energy to social occasions and create positive moods amongst those dining.
“Lots of research has shown that being more upright can increase our feelings of confidence, connection and enhance our positive mood. When sitting at a formal table in a formal dining experience, we can become sluggish and feel disconnected.”
Menabrea has been brewed in the Piedmont region, at the foot of the Italian Alps for more than 175 years in Italy’s oldest continuously producing brewery – now in its fifth generation. Menabrea’s refreshing, fruity, floral aroma makes it an excellent accompaniment to food.
With no ‘tables’ to book, those wanting to experience the limited-edition Apericena evening at Haunt will need to secure a spot online here.
Menabrea Apericena, Manchester takes place on Wednesday 13 September at Haunt, 58 Peter Street, Manchester, M2 3NQ.