In Spain we have tapas, and since we are in the Mediterranean region, Italians have something similar: the Italian Aperitivo. It consists of a variety of appetizers and drinks that we all love, and usually starts in Italy in the evening, around 18:00. It depends on the restaurant or cafeteria but the usual layout is a large bar full of snacks such as mortadela sándwiches, cold cuts, cheeses, and canapés. Every time you get a new drink you can also get closer to the snack bar and fill your plate, all at a fixed cost. It´s cheap and great!
Mad4Madrid has relaunched “Operation Bikini” (In Spain, we call this the dieting before bikini season) to scope out the best options, in terms of price and variety. This is our Top 5:
Ornella: Italian Aperitivo with a Fixed Price
This Italian restaurant is nice, romantic, cozy, and prepares one mean plate of pasta. Their Sicilian cannoli are a spectacle as well. We recommend that you visit it regardless. In this case, you have a fixed price of 5€ which includes a drink and a free bar of Italian products with pizza, cold meats, cheeses, brochettes, salads… You can enjoy this menu every Tuesday from 18:30 to 20:30h. and, believe us this is a well invested 5€. We suggest you arrive as early as possible because the place fills up quickly.
- Where: Ornella, C/ Velázquez, 18
- When: Tuesday, from 18:30h to 20:30h
- Price: 5€ with drink bar with aperitivos
- Web: www.ornellamadrid.com
Aio Sardegna: Center Madrid
This small corner cant’t do a better job at representing Sardinia and its gastronomy. Be sure to try their pizzas, pasta, cappuccinos and red velvet cake. This aperitivo bar is open from Thursday from 20:30h. and you can eat all you want of your bar foods with a minimum consumption of 5€.
- Where: Aio, C/Corredera Baja de San Pablo, 25
- When: Thursday, from 20:30h
- Price: 5€
- Web: aiomadrid.com
Rhino Wild Bar: Two Types of Aperitivos
It was amongst the first in the área to launch the aperitivo menú, with one being and it continues to be offered today, with two types of menus:
Italian Aperitivo: Every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 21:00h you can enjoy a wonderful bar full of pastas, pizzas, risottos, homemade bread, and an added twist is added with dishes like hummus, and tabbouleh. Did we mention you also get a cocktail? 9 €.
Wild Aperitivo: Wednesdays from 21:00 to 23:00h., with a purchase of a drink you can eat what you want from a table full of rice, pasta and exotic dishes.
One of the things that we like most of here is that every day there is a choice of appetizer, so it becomes a perfect pre-dinner party any day of the week. We recommend you take your time and enjoy the Bar. It is bit more pricy than the other options, but so worth it.
- Where: Rhino Wild Bar, Calle de Apodaca, 3
- When: Wednesday to Saturday from 21:30 till 22:30
- Price: 6’5€
- Web: www.facebook.com/RhinoWildBar
MANDRALISCA: “Typically Spanish”
Its owner is It but here the aperitivos have a lot of Spanish because they serve croquettes, pasties, tortillas along with pastas and salads and sweet cakes. What are you going to find full of Italians drawing attention to the inquisitive locals. By 5€, you get a drink and open bar to which you can revisit as many times as you´d like. Every Thursday from 19:00h to 22:00h.
- Where: Mandralisca, C/ Cardenal Cisneros, 39
- When: Wednesday from 19:00h to 22:00h
- Price: 5€
- Web: www.facebook.com/mandralisca
The Orange Coffee: Best for Weekends
This bar hosts expos and private parties and everything from monologues performances to magic shows. The aperitivo is basically the least expensive, because it does not have a fixed price, but is included after a drink purchase. This will take you to an open buffet of: gnocchi, ravioli, risotto, piadini, bruschetto, pasties, and even vegetarian dishes… This happens every Friday and Saturday from 21:00h.
- Where: The Orange Coffee, C/ San Vicente Ferrer, 53
- When: Friday and Saturday from 21:00h
- Price: Included based on price of drink
- Web: www.elnaranja.info/aperitivo-italiano
Hopefully, this made you hungry. If it didn’t check out more of our articles on Mad4Madrid where we sample some of Madrid’s newest and most popular eateries. Buon Apetito!