There’s nothing that merges Italian and Australian culture more neatly than aperitivo – and who wouldn’t be on board with a reasonably priced afternoon nibble and drink?
Get a taste of Italy right here in WA, with some of Perth’s best aperitivo hours:
Volare’s riff on aperitivo merges the Italian custom with the beloved tradition of bottomless brunch – can you think of a more tempting combo? Every weekend, Volare’s All Aboard offers a selection of bougie Euro-inspired snacks (think lobster-filled bomboloni, pâté cannoli or bone marrow carne cruda atop garlicky focaccia), plus free flowing spritzes, mimosas, bellinis and bubbles, as well as Gonzo Vino wines and Peroni Red.
198 Whatley Crescent, Maylands
Soak up the sunset and waterfront views with Jetty’s latest aperitivo offering! Every Wednesday and Thursday between 4 and 6PM, you can dive into some refreshing drink specials (including Spritzes, Negronis and more!) plus half price bar snacks. Hump day who?
126 Beach Street, Fremantle
Pretend you’re on a seductive Roman holiday with a visit to Santini’s adjoining bar, tucked away on the first floor of QT Perth. Welcoming the evening, between 5 and 6PM Monday to Saturday you’ll be able to indulge in Santini’s signature aperitivo with a selection of bar bites that includes ceviche cannoli, lamb kofta and freshly shucked oysters, alongside a refreshing selection of beverages – although when it comes to aperitivo we’ll take a lot of convincing to stray from the classic Aperol spritz.
133 Murray Street, Perth
Cosy by name, cosy by nature! Cosy Del’s is one of Lathlain’s best kept (not-so-secret) secrets, serving up comforting, modern Italian fare. They are now doing a Sticks & Spritz special every Wednesday from 3.30-5pm, with each person getting two sticks and an Aperol spritz! They’re currently whipping up Moroccan spiced chicken on corn purée, topped with honey and popcorn, as well as potato and mushroom doused in pesto.
13 Lathlain Place, Lathlain
Is there any greater shrine to Perth’s favourite cocktail than the glowing, orange monument that is Spritz Spizzicheria? Their menu takes you from a long afternoon of cocktails and nibbles to more substantial pasta, pizza and mains – or take advantage of their aperitivo time: two hours of drinking and snacking specials (Italy’s best recent export?). We’re starting to think Mount Hawthorn is punching above its weight in culinary options.
148 Scarborough Beach Road, Mount Hawthorn
An afternoon in Garum’s alfresco, amongst the heritage architecture and climbing vines – well, that’s nothing to sniff at. But add an aperitivo into the mix? We can hardly contain ourselves. Head to Hibernian Place between 4.30 and 6pm, Wednesday to Saturday for half price drinks and bar snacks – including arancini, deep-fried mozzarella, salumi and pasta.
Hibernian Place, 480 Hay Street, Perth
La Madonna Nera
What was that we were saying about Mount Hawthorn? Having the misfortune of opening just before COVID hasn’t slowed La Madonna Nera down one bit, offering one of the most delightfully intimate dining experiences Perth has to offer. If you’re a fan of carefully curated, Italian-sourced wines then you’ll find plenty of friends at La Madonna Nera, and they’ll be happy to take you for a journey all over the boot-shaped peninsula. If you’re there between 4 and 6 on Fridays and Saturdays, you’ll be able to enjoy some seriously good snacks and cocktails at seriously low prices – like the flavour bomb potato millefoglie with fonduta and cumquat for only six bucks.
1/155 Scarborough Beach Road, Mount Hawthorn
MRKT Space are bringing easy, breezy market vibes to Leighton – and nothing’s easier or breezier than a relaxed aperitivo. Open from 7am til 7pm every day of the week, you can drop in for your morning coffee, then come back for a $10 spritz and complimentary nibbles on select evenings.
19 Freeman Loop, North Fremantle
Header image: Volare