Has anyone who has ever travelled to Italy not marveled at the native lifestyle — civilized and social? One of the high points of the Italian day is experiencing passiagata and apertivo. As the afternoon drifts into evening, Italians flood the streets to amble, converse with friends and simply to enjoy the open air and their beautiful towns, stopping in a nearby piazza for a casual drink.
We might not yet have the passiagata in NoMad but Danny Meyer has given us the perfect place to enjoy apertivo. His Vini e Fritti joins his other two Roman-style venues in NoMad — Caffe Marchio, Danny’s ode to the Roman coffee shop and Marta, his first pizza restaurant. (He almost has the complete Italian day ready for us. All we need now is a fabulous dinner restaurant with nonna in the kitchen.)
Typical of the experience in Italy, the Vini e Fritti menu offers prosecco, lambrusco and Champagne, along with Italian beers Peroni and Moretti la Rossa and a full line of Digestivi and Apertivi. As you enjoy a relaxing sip you can try suppii, the Roman form of rice balls stuffed with fontina and mushrooms, a breaded and fried mozzarella and anchovy sandwich, baby artichokes, cod, sweatbreads or pork ribs . . . and there is more.
Vini e Fritti may not be apertivo in a small piazza after a passiagata through a stunning Italian city, but its does have the advantage of always being there when you can’t hop a plane for a nine-hour trip to Rome.
30 E 30th Street
New York, NY 10016
Monday – Wednesday: 5 pm – 1 am
Thursday – Friday: 5 pm – 2 am
Saturday: 2 pm – 2 am
Sunday: 2 pm – 1 am