Aperitivo Italiano: Patio and Prime Time Wines

Join us for a tasting of curated Italian wines perfectly suited for warmer weather, with guest speaker Mary Ann Ellis of Tuttilili.

As we head into the warm season, join us for a tasting of Italian wines perfectly suited for laidback porch hangs and backyard celebrations alike. Mary Ann Ellis of Tuttilili Wines and Specialty Foods will guide us through the tasting, which will be accompanied by Italian-style small bites.


About the presenter

Mary Ann Ellis started her Italian journey with Brunello and Gavi as a young CPA. She worked in the accounting profession for 25 years, including such firms as Deloitte and Grant Thornton in their audit and international tax practices.

Mary Ann travelled across Italy for over two decades, including a short-term professional assignment. Fast forward to 2015, her entrepreneurial spirit required over two years of independent research before initiating this new enterprise to bring small and boutique vineyard production and very select gourmet food specialty items to the tables of Texas. She sought small, boutique vineyards for her Houston tasting room that are representative of the type of wine varietal and terroir on which the grapes are produced. She’s applied her meticulous business approach to a curated selection of wines and foods. An almost evangelical approach has created an opportunity for Houston to (re)experience Italy at her Saturday tastings at TuttiLili.


Facciamo l’aperitivo!

Date: Tuesday, April 30, 2024

Time: 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Location: Italian Cultural & Community Center, 1101 Milford Street, Houston, TX 77006

Price: $30 ICCC Members | $35 Non-members


What does aperitivo italiano really mean?

An aperitivo (or apéritif) is often described as being similar to the American happy hour, but in reality, it’s so much more than that. An aperitivo is a ritual, joyous and mood-lifting. It relaxes you after a day of work and prepares you for the night to come. The aperitivo has long been a staple in Italy, and in recent years, has been gaining more appreciation around the world.



Click here to become a member of the Italian Cultural & Community Center of Houston. As a member, you’ll receive special discounts on tickets to our events and language classes.

This event is funded in part by the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance.



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