Aperitivo is the Florentine version of a mix between happy hour and Spanish tapas. Starting around 7pm at select bars, snacks are spread out buffet style available for the picking, and are included in the price of your drink. Ranging from a few cold cuts and a bowl of peanuts, to an entire buffet of pasta, grilled vegetables, side dishes and pizza, aperitivo bars are definitely not all created equal. So here is our pick of the best ones, for every style and budget.
Golden View Open Bar
Not only does this bar have an amazing view of the river, it is also half bar and half restaurant. The restaurant is pricey but delicious, and the bar is perfect for a quiet, stylish aperitivo. The appetiser buffet is made by the adjoining restaurant, and the quality justifies the price. The white, sleek, modern decor is a great contrast against the view of one of Florence‘s oldest bridges, which you can see from almost anywhere in the bar and restaurant. Whether you’re looking for a romantic night out, or just a trendy place to go with friends, this bar is a great choice. They also have a great in-house cocktail menu and an award winning bartender.
This is by far the most generous aperitivo buffet in Florence. If you’re looking for more than a snack, but less than a full course meal at dinner, this is the perfect balance. You can choose between pizza slices, pasta dishes, seafood side dishes, vegetable side dishes, and classic Tuscan appetizers, all buffet style and all you can eat. The Florentines call this aperi-cena (half aperitivo, half dinner) because there’s so much food. The drinks are standard and the place is a bit scruffy, but you can’t beat the price and the amount of food. This is one of two locations. Kitsch Deux is the central location, and the original Kitsch is just outside the main tourist area where all the locals seem to flock. You do need to call ahead to reserve a table for the original location, but the central location has plenty of space, so a walk in should be fine. In the summer, if you’re looking to sit on the patio, definitely call ahead to reserve a spot.
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