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Aperitivo Bistro

4.3
1076 reviews
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$30 and under
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Tapas / Small Plates
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  • Neighborhood Gem

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About

Piattini comes to downtown Schenectady.
Italian for "small plates", Aperitivo Bistro serves the ultimate Piattini selections - from the traditional fried calamari and cheese plate to arancini clams casino . Other selections include specialty pizzas, fabulous house made pasta dishes and larger plate selections called “Piatti”. Piattini are meant to be shared along with a glass of wine or cup of espresso. The decor is chic metropolitan, with exposed brick and creative use of metals.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Tapas / Small Plates, Italian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm
Lite Fare: Monday-Friday: 2:00pm-5:00pm
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
*Open select Sunday nights depending on show schedule.
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Phone number
(518) 579-3371
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Frank Tardio
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Private party facilities
In addition to the main dining room, there is a private event room for up to 65 guests. Great for social and corporate gatherings. Events include birthday gathering to wedding rehearsals and even wedding receptions!
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Private party contact
Amanda Trackey : (518) 688-2137
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Catering
Please inquire for details.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Broadway
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Parking details
On street parking and a public parking garage on Broadway.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.3based on all time ratings
4.4
food
4.4
service
4.2
ambience
3.9
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on July 19, 2017

We were amazed with the service and the food was delicious! The servings were perfect and the atmosphere was great!

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4.0Dined on July 8, 2017

Met all expectations, the food was original, fresh, and had excellent flavor. The service was prompt but did not rush us in any way. Would definitely make a return visit.

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3.0Dined on June 24, 2017

Food was very disappointing for both of us. Waitstaff and bread were the highlights.
Portion was small and overpowered with a brown sauce. Companions spaghetti was strange shape and consistency. She ate half and didn't want to bring the rest home.
Haven't been to this establishment in a while but it was much better years ago

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2017

Delicious food, great service. Perfect for a pre-theater meal at Proctor's; plan to be there two hours before the show's start time to have a leisurely meal. We can't wait to go back!

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2.0Dined on June 17, 2017

We were at the restaurant before seeing a show at Proctors. It had come highly recommended by several people. We were seated immediately at the reservation time but from there things went downhill. We told the server up front that we would be attending the show and she assured us she would hurry things along (although we had 2 hrs). I ordered an appetizer and salad as my meal and explicitly asked the server to bring it when the others in our party were served their meal. Another in the party ordered a burger, cooked medium well. My meal was served with everyone else's salad course, and so because I wasn't eating it, the waitress must not have put our dinner order in. When the meal finally arrived, at 7:20 (!!!), an hour after being placed, the burger was served rare (which my friend found inedible), however by that time we felt the time we had didn't allow for returning it so she managed to eat around the edges! Also, of course, by that time, my meal was cold! A manager came round to ask if all was ok so we expressed our displeasure. After giving us the bill and collecting payment, we were given a gift card ($10 per couple ☹️) and encouraged to return and "try us again"!! I can assure you, I won't return anytime soon, and won't recommend to anyone else, as there are plenty of other options in the near vacinity! The bill for 4, with an inedible burger, my cold appetizer "meal" and 2 entrees came to $144!!! I have had much better meals and service for considerably less!!!!!

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2017

Pre-theater dinner reservation, and we were late due to traffic, but the service was outstanding and made up for lost time

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2017

Our server Amanda was fantastic, and she anticipated our every need! Would definitely return here.

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4.0Dined on May 20, 2017

Good food. Nice environment. Friendly server. Absolutely perfect location for pre-Proctor's refreshment and food.

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5.0Dined on May 17, 2017

Ate at Appertivo before seeing a performance at Proctors. Always good food and
ambiance.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2017

Great service, delicious food.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2017

Aperitivo where is a very nice, clean and friendly restaurant. The food was very flavorful and had a beautiful presentation. Would recommend it to anyone, young or old!

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2017

Wait staff was superb. Friendly, checked on us very often... not too much to be uncomfortable. Food was excellent.

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2017

We ate here prior to a show at Proctors. Our waitress Dionne was friendly and very attentive. The food was amazing. We both had the short ribs dinner. Owner Matt Mazzone asked us how our meal was - we complimented the polenta and he brought us an extra helping. What wonderful hospitality!! Every item served was top notch. I strongly recommend having a meal here anytime you are downtown.

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2.0Dined on May 9, 2017

Meal was good as always, but even with a reservation my table was in a dark corner by the exit. I saw other empty tables but was told these were reserved. Now must I specify a table when I make a reservation? Means I can t use Open Table.

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5.0Dined on May 9, 2017

Our table was ready right away. Vodka gimlets were outstanding. Wonderful meal! Loved it!

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5.0Dined on May 3, 2017

This is an awesome little gem right near Proctor's Theatre in Schenectady. Don't miss this one for dinner if you are in the area.

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4.0Dined on May 2, 2017

It was great. A little on the pricy side for the small amount of food we get but besides that it was a good experience.

Pros: Good food, good service, nice facility
Cons: expensive, small portions of food

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4.0Dined on May 2, 2017

Went to celebrate a wedding anniversary and a birthday. I was surprised to find a live band performing next to the bar. Although only 2 performers, their level of music was loud enough to be hard to speak over the music. Luckily, the wait staff was understanding and seated our party of 6 in a back room, far enough away so we could talk in normal tones. We each ordered a main dish, with some entrees offered in 2 different sizes. We also ordered a number of appetizers to share and were even treated to a complimentary appetizer. Sliced homemade bread was served with olive oil and spices for dipping. The tab was split and came to $104 for each of the 3 couples. Extra drinks were included in the tab. All of the food was delicious and the place was not very busy for 6 PM, but it was a Tuesday evening. Service was very good. Nearby free parking was available, but would not be very available on a show night at nearby Proctor's Theater.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2017

We sat at the bar and the bartender was amazing! Great appetizers that were shared.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2017

Fantastic staff!!!! They always treat us like royalty.

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4.0Dined on April 29, 2017

The food was excellent save for the dessert. I had expected the tiramisu to be delicious and was very disappointed. It was actually very salty and more like a pudding. I would definitely not recommend this dessert. The waitress did take the cost off our bill as I literally could not eat this. Otherwise, this was a great experience. The burrata and the Bolognese were both superb.

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4.0Dined on April 29, 2017

Husband enjoyed his short ribs, but my salmon was actually a bit dry and the black beans a bit dry & hard. It was a busy preshow night.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2017

We haven't been to Aperitivo ina while, so we were excited to get back and see how it was doing. Wow! What a success. The place was busy, but packed, and we were glad we made a reservation. The menu remains creative and seasonal. Our waitress was sweet and efficient and our water glasss were never empty. Cocktails and wine are always tasty at Aperitivo. The food came quickly which was impressive given how busy they were. We got out in plenty of time for the show at Proctors. We'll be back soon!

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3.0Dined on April 28, 2017

We are a fan of Mazzone establishments but after trying this one for the first time before a show at Proctors we were not impressed. While the food tasted good, the service was lacking and an issue with one of our dinners was disappointing. We love Prime bar & grill in Clifton Park and we were expecting a similar experience but it was not the case. Will probably turn to other options if dining in Schenectady.

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5.0Dined on April 24, 2017

Great place for a pre-Proctors meal. we had a pizza and some appetizers, all were excellent.

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4.0Dined on April 22, 2017

A great find in downtown Schenectady. Excellent service. A creative cocktail menu; loved the bing collins. Started with caesar salad - real deal with anchovies but a little heavy on the dressing. Pappadelle with bolonese for the entree. Tasty but a bit smaller portion than expected. One oddity was bread served after the entree with no butter or olive oil for dipping. Still a very enjoyable meal and a spot I would visit again.

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4.0Dined on April 22, 2017

Fantastic Place, the place is very charming. The food is awesome, I am a big fan of their pizza's. The service and staff are always friendly. Great for date night.

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2017

Always a great time. Great food, wait staff very helpful and friendly

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2017

The food is always good. I'd love to see a little more extensive entree selection. Maybe add a nice scallopini, like veal or chicken, or lamb to the menu. We were seated next to the bar where I thought the guys standing around the bar were about to sit in my lap, plus it was loud. Service was excellent.

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3.0Dined on April 19, 2017

Brought my clients here for dinner and had a delightful evening. Though they were local to Schenectady, they had not been to Aperitivo Bistro so it was fun to discover it together. The food is basic and well prepared. The wine list had some hidden gems (Sinskey and 2 Turleys!) plus there was a good craft draft beer list. Always like supporting downtown venues when I travel and will definitely come back.

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4.0Dined on April 18, 2017

Excellent service, interesting menu, classy decor. We like Aperitivo for pre-concert dinner and can get in and out on a tight schedule. Arancini Clams Casino are a brilliant idea. I would prefer a bit less salt in the pizza. Thanks!

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4.0Dined on April 16, 2017

Other than having some issues trying to make a reservation by phone we had a nice experience and the servers there are great about getting people out in time for a show.

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2.0Dined on April 16, 2017

We have been here many times in the past before a show at Proctors and have always liked it very much. This time was very disappointing. We went for Sunday brunch before a matinee. It was not busy. The food was just fair. The Frittata was tastless and the UOVA IN PURGATORIO was basically a lot of sauce on a plate with a couple of eggs in it. The sauce was good, but the dish was not filling. Bread was supposed to come with all entrees but we had to ask for it 2-3 times before it arrived. The side order of hash browns for $5 was very small. The service was just okay. On the positive side - the bloody mary's and mimosas were very good. The tiramisu was wonderful and a good portion size. We always recommend this place as a great spot to go before and after a show at Proctors. Hopefully this meal was just a fluke. Food was definitely not worth the price.

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2017

food is always fresh and well presented. at times their eclectic menu challenges the chef, but nothing you can't forgive

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2017

First time there...enjoyed everything about it: friendly reception, efficient and pleasant servers, generous pour at the bar....oh, and delicious food, most of which was available in small plates, in case you don't want to eat too much, or if you want to sample several dishes.. Incredible proximity to Proctor's is another plus.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2017

Waitress hovered a little too much. Service allowed us to get to the theater on time. Food was excellent as usual. Asked for a variation on two dishes on the menu and the request was accommodated.

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2017

We made reservations to coincide with our tickets to "Beautiful" at Proctor's Theater.

All was going very well until there was a crowd surge. Things got a little crazy, and multiple staff began delivering the food to keep things moving.

As a result, my husband and I were initially served the wrong entrees. We told the server that they weren't what we ordered.

Another server came by shortly thereafter. My husband received what he ordered this time, but I received a pasta entrée different from the one I ordered. It took awhile to get this corrected.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2017

Great food!
One of our favorite spots before and after
Proctors!

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4.0Dined on April 12, 2017

the service was good except the wait person broke a class near our table and didn't pick up all the pieces, some remaining were under our table

The paste sauced was too heavy

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2017

Great place to go before Procters. The service was great, food was good.

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