By Sav D’Souza in Rome—
“Aperitivo” culture is catching on fast in Rome. For as little as €5, Cheapos-in-the-know can grab an early-evening cocktail or glass of wine at a local hot-spot, and then fill a plate full of yummy eats for free! Of course, the real reason to take advantage of aperitivo time in Rome is for the chance to meet people (but the free food certainly doesn’t hurt!).
Here are two picks for a night out that guarantee you’ll make lots of new friends and not go home hungry. Just bring along a few euros and some conversation. Aperitiv-ohhh!
Address: 8, Via del Politeama
Tel: 39 06 5833 5254
The Wednesday night crowd at Pepato (pictured above) in Trastevere is a truly international, outgoing group. The bar offers a funky, stylish décor and remains an ideal place for making new acquaintances or impressing a date.
Good eats: Choose from dishes like seafood paella, hearty pastas, and cold meats with freshly baked bread. The thinly-sliced crispy potatoes are a big seller here.
On tap: Beers, wines, or fun cocktails—shaken or stirred a house specialty that’s guaranteed to loosen you up!
Expect to spend: €7 gets you a drink and one plate of food.
17, Piazza Montevecchio
Tel: 39 06 6830 1472
Neighborhood: Campo de’Fiori
Tucked away on a side street, Societe Lutece may be hard to find without a map, but its laid back atmosphere is worth the detective work. Every night here is like a social club event.
Good eats: The largely vegetarian buffet here is a good choice for health foodies. Fresh vegetables, dips, and pastas are the norm. You won’t go hungry on weekdays when freshly-baked nibbles are available at individual tables and the friendly staff keeps the snacks coming.
On Saturdays, a more substantial choice of hot plates (Read: heartier pasta and rice dishes) is served up. Look out for the occasional appearance of sushi and pasta curry, too. Arrive early on weekends when DJ sets draw big crowds.
On tap: A wide selection of wine and cocktails is available.
Expect to spend: €5 will get you a glass of wine here, and you can help yourself to free food all night.
Also see: Aperitivo bars in Milan.