Opened in 2007, Aperitivo Bistro is located in thriving downtown Schenectady nestled next to the historic Proctors Theater on State Street. The decor is chic metropolitan, with exposed brick and creative use of metals. In addition to the bar area and main dining room, there is a private event room for up to 40 guests.
In Italy the "aperitivo" is very popular, especially in the northern region. Milan prides itself as “capital of the aperitivo.” Traditionally offered with a pre-dinner drink, the aperitivo can be as small as a few cheeses and olives, or as an elaborate meal including hot dishes, pizza and even pasta. In Italy, the aperitivo is becoming an attraction in itself with many more bars and restaurants aggressively compete for what is now being known as the "aperitivo crowd".
Aperitivo's small plates range from the traditional menu items to contemporary American comfort food. Other selections include specialty pizzas, fabulous pasta dishes and larger plate selections.