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"There is absolutely no substitute for the best. Good food cannot be made of inferior ingredients masked with high flavor. It is true thrift to use the best ingredients available and to waste nothing." - James Beard

Born out of our love of all things Italian, Aperitivo was created to bring a taste of Italy to Eastern North Carolina.  We have traveled extensively in Italy and one of our favorite traditions is the Aperitivo, a glorious time after work and before a heavy dinner where friends gather and share in a glass of wine and fresh appetizers.  In some ways, it's like an American happy hour, but with outstanding food and perfectly paired wines.  Simply put, Aperitivo is an experience. We are excited to bring this tradition to downtown New Bern!

Aperitivo is dedicated to offering only the finest and freshest foods, along with the best wines from Italy. Our menu consists of traditional small plates and desserts.  Our state of the art wine preservation system allows us to offer many of our top wines by the glass.

Aperitivo is part of Bengel Hospitality which also owns and operates downtown New Bern restaurants Lawson's Landing Riverwalk Cafe, Baker's Kitchen and Beer Army Burger Company.

We have also taken great care in assembling a team of only the best chefs, a sommelier, and experienced kitchen, dining, and wait


Come and taste the experience for yourself.