Aperitivo at Tamerò Pasta Bar in Florence, Italy

Aperitivo in Italy is one of the best ideas ever. Traditionally it would be a pre-dinner drink with maybe some nuts or chips but luckily in Italy they have something called apericena (cena is dinner in Italian) which is also called aperitivo: basically a very cheap way of having dinner and a drink.

In Florence, there's normally a set price which is around 10 euros and you can choose any drink with an unlimited buffet. Having previously lived in Italy for half a year,  I have been to a fair few places for aperitivo and I have to say that Tamerò is one of my favourites because it has simple, but good food for under 10 euros.

What we ordered
  • Aperitivo which this time included different types of pasta, couscous, bread, chicken pâté and chilli con carne as well as the most amazing roasted aubergines with melted cheese (melanzane alla parmigiana)
  • Strawberry daiquiris 
  • Raspberry mojitos (custom-made, kindly!) 

The food is also very good! It is simple but it is always tasty. As aperitivo is normally quite cheap and includes an unlimited buffet you aren't going to find fillet steaks and caviar as some of the options. The food normally comes in the form of any carb: pasta, couscous, bread, rice, potatoes... but here they normally always have some kind of meat as well as some meatless options.

For aperitivo, drinks are traditionally something dry or bitter like Campari or Aperol Spritz but I have seen a large range of drinks, including mojitos and pornstar martinis on offer.

Our thoughts

Tamerò looks like a pretty standard restaurant from the outside in Piazza Santa Spirito (the 'real' side of Florence, map below), but it's actually quite big once you get inside and I really like the cosy decor. 

In the summer months the outside seating area is lovely too and you can enjoy the ambience of the square - don't be surprised if you see some strange activity going on because the square is known for drugs but it's not dangerous as long as you're not on your own late at night (which goes for pretty much any part of any city).

Although aperitivo has the unlimited buffet element to it, everything at Tamerò is flavourful and the pasta is homemade (it is a pasta bar after all). I have to say that the main menu looks incredible, however for an unlimited buffet + cocktail for 8 euros I think i'll stick with the aperitivo option. It is the best way for students to go out for dinner and I so wish that this concept existed in the UK.

Even though Tamerò is very tourist-friendly with a menu translated into English, don't be put off as it's a popular hot spot for many Florentine people and a restaurant that I always recommend to people that visit Florence if they want some good, inexpensive food.