Everything about this South End eatery lends itself to a perfect aperitivo. Its kitchen has a strong focus on cicchetti, Venetian small plates traditionally served in bars alongside, you guessed it, heavy pours of aperitivo spirits. Grab a couple customary snacks, like its seasonal tramezzini and frittelle, to pair with any number of cocktails mixed with Italy’s most beloved liqueurs. Whether it’s a house negroni or the vermouth of the day, SRV’s drinks will get you primed for an evening of eating… and even more drinking.
Thanks to the Aperol Spritz, we’ve all gotten a little taste of la dolce vita—but the best restaurants for aperitivo in Boston have so much more to offer than this singular cocktail from overseas. Following Italy’s ritual of sitting down for beautifully bitter drinks and snacks before having a full dinner, some of the best Italian restaurants in Boston have perfected the art of aperitivo by offering menus crammed with amari—served straight or in cocktails—and small bites. So do as the Romans do and stop by one of these spots to warm up your stomach before going hard at one of the best restaurants or best bars in Boston.