More and more Italian bars and restaurants in London are coming around to the idea of ‘Aperitivo’, the time-honoured pre dinner tradition from the North of Italy, which gives you a chance to unwind, socialise and enjoy some complimentary Italian nibbles over a pre dinner drink. Depending where you go (and the generosity of the venue) pre-dinner ‘nibbles’ can range from a few canapes to a generous buffet of pastas, antipasti and pizza.
There are many bars, restaurants and pop up venues organising Aperitivo events around London, some monthly, weekly, daily or even just as a one off. We’ve reviewed and added some info for various Aperitivos around London, however please check with the venue that they’re still running their Aperitivo before heading on down there, just in case..!
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Italian Aperitivo venues and past Aperitivo events
Check out our below pages for some Italian Aperitivo venues and past Aperitivo events in London (please check with the venue if they are still currently running). To keep updated with the most recent happenings, make sure to follow us on Instagram, Twitter or like our Facebook page
Some Aperitivo organisers
Aperitivo…what is it anyway?
Aperitivo, traditionally between the hours of around 6pm-9pm, can be found all over Italy, although it’s far more popular in the North and in particular Milan, who in my opinion are the masters of Aperitivo.
The food accompanying Aperitivo can range from simple canapes and crisps, to an abundance of freshly cooked pasta, platters of cold meats and cheeses, pizza and salads. In fact at some Aperitivo you certainly don’t go hungry!
Campari and Aperol form the base of many traditional Italian aperitivo drinks, such as Aperol Spritz, Negroni and the Americano
An Aperol Spritz is made with 3 parts Prosecco, 2 parts Aperol, 1 splash of soda, half a slice of orange and some ice
A Negroni is gin, vermouth and Campari, and garnished with an orange peel. If that’s not quite up to your taste, then a variation the “Negroni sbagliato” (“wrong” negroni) substitutes the gin with spumante brut (dry, sparkling white wine).
The Americano is not dissimilar to the Negroni, starts out like the Negroni but soda is added to the cocktail instead of gin, in a tall glass.
Wines or beers are also acceptable drinks to enjoy as an aperitivo, and certainly cheaper than the cocktail options mentioned above. Other traditional Aperitivo drinks to enjoy are Prosecco, Spumante, Fragolino (a sweet red sparkling wine), champagne cocktails