Freni e Frizioni is among the most famous aperitivo joints in Rome. This old car repair shop (aptly named ‘Brakes and Clutches’) crafts delicious cocktails and has a plentiful buffet of foods ranging from pastas and grains to fruits and veggies. It’s great for vegetarians but meat eaters are sure to leave well-fed. Located in the buzzing Trastevere neighborhood, it has a mixed crowd of expats, tourists and locals and the large terrace provides an inviting place to come hang out late into the night.
The king of all aperitivos in Rome most certainly is Momart which serves up a veritable apericena, or aperitivo-dinner. This contemporary restaurant has an overflowing buffet with all types of food imaginable, including pasta salads, mini sandwiches, vegetable pies, omelettes, rotating pizzas and even desserts. It’s great value and because it’s located off the beaten path near Piazza Bologna, it provides an opportunity to mingle with a local crowd in a cool setting.
This trendy spot is a short stroll from the Vatican and serves up a generous aperitivo: straight to you, in bite-sized portions. With its wide range of sparkling drinks, bottled beers and Italian classics, you’re sure to find something you like on the drinks menu; then take a seat while waiters bring you dozens of delicious treats to accompany your beverage. In the evenings, La Zanzara fills up with young professionals who flock here for a post-work Spritz and savory mignons, giving you a feel of Rome’s chic Prati neighborhood.