It’s likely you’ve seen the word aperitivo on a menu and pretended to know what the heck it meant. Aperitivo is Italian, and is basically the delicious drinks and snacks you have with friends and family before a meal. It’s a real social event in Italy and thankfully some of Sydney’s Italian restaurants and bars have brought it here for us to get in on the fun—grazie Italia!
Allora, here are the very best aperitivo hours you can find in Sydney. Planning on dieting this week? Think again fam.
You simply can’t name a more iconic duo than aperitivo and The Dolphin Hotel. From Sunday to Thursday, The Dolphin offers an aperitivo hour (well two hours) from 5pm till 7pm, with aperitivo for $5-7. So yes, we’re telling you that you can get insanely good Italian snacks and drinks for under $7 each? One word for you, magnifico.
10 William St
If you’re in the bad books or need to do some impressing, your next date night should be at 10 William St for aperitivo and dinner, oh and wine (like a lot of wine). Begin the night with aperitivo: a negroni and some caper focaccia or marinated olives. Then stay all night long to check out 10 William St’s extensive wine list and seriously delicious menu.
Osteria di Russo & Russo
There’s only one way to nail aperitivo and that’s with a Campari in one hand and a cappelletti in the other. At this cosy Italian joint in Enmore, you can get your mitts on some damn fine aperitivo snacks including fried zucchini flowers and oysters shucked to order, paired perfectly with your double parked aperitivo bevvies.
Bacco Osteria e Espresso
After work aperitivo drinks have never looked more beautiful, with Bacco’s menu of salumi and Italian pickles, stracciatella with anchovies and Culatello with melon. It just wouldn’t be aperitivo without a storico cocchi (sweet vermouth) or an Aperol spritz to whet the appetite too.
Mr Liquor’s Dirty Italian Disco
Get your Italian snackage on at Merivale’s Italian pop-up, Mr Liquor’s Dirty Italian Disco, with all the usual (and delicious) suspects like bread, olives, pickles and burrata. Try one of the Mr Liquor’s Americano with citrus pickle or a sgroppino with vodka, sorbet and prosecco, okay totally try both.
Since you’re all now familiar with the concept of aperitivo, you can now literally rock up to any Italian restaurant prior to dinner and hit those aperitivo drinks and snacks. Nibble on some mixed marinated olives, sourdough bread, prosciutto di Parma and mozzarella di bufala at Mantecato, only of course if you’re sipping on a Bellini or Campari orange, duh.
The Dolphin | Image credit: Jason Loucas