Though the Milanesi invented it, the Romans definitely perfected it. What are we talking about here? Aperitivo. It's the Italian version of happy hour and if you haven't been to one yet, you need to hop on the bandwagon! Rome is sprawling with hip, funky little spots where you can jump in on the fun where the alcohol is not the main event. Rather, it's the food. Don't expect to find 2-for-1 drink specials at any of these places. Italians use aperitivo time to stock up on the food and to have good old fashioned conversation with friends.
So what is an aperitivo you ask? An aperitivo (aperitif) is a before dinner drink that can be alcoholic or non that's taken usually with a plate of snacks, chips, olives and/or finger food. The price for an aperitivo will typically set you back anywhere from 6-12 euros depending on where you go. Some places like Momart Cafè in the Piazza Bologna district of Rome, really give locals more bang for their buck. For roughly 8 euros a drink, you can virtually chow down on almost a whole pizza. And we're not just talking about any ole' pizza here. We're talking delicious wood fire oven pizza made fresh and churned out constantly for those who come for aperitivo here. While some venues offer a buffet, others serve your drink up with a platter of selected snacks.
For a lively crowd, hipsters hang out at Freni and Frizioni where the action keeps moving well into the night and if you're off to a concert or event at the Auditorium, you'll want to aperitivo at ReD Restaurant and Design. Whereas a laid back evening with some fine wine can be had at the 'Gusto Wine Bar.
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