Craig Stoll — who co-owns perennial favorites Locanda, Delfina and Delfina Pizzeria with his wife Annie Stoll — wasn't always okay in the financial department. "I was broke," Stoll says of his school days when he was working in restaurants in Turin and Tuscany in Italy. "On my days off, alcohol was a must, but food was discretionary." This is where the Italian version of happy hour, aperativo hour, came into play. "Almost everyone provides some type of food for free when you order a drink," explained Stoll. "So I’d aperitivo hour hop. It was a no brainer."
As of this month, the Stolls are ramping up to bring the San Francisco version of this Italian tradition to life at Locanda. Visit between 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. nightly, and order from a selection of lower alcohol cocktails like The Church (aperol, gin, cocchi Americano, lemon), or a selection of wine and beer priced between four and eight dollars. The bartender delivers a selection of complimentary bites with your drink: things like housemade kettle chips, deviled eggs, and roasted peanuts with dried anchovies.
Groups of eight to twelve can make a reservation for aperitivo hour. You can also pay $40 per person to get unlimited drinks and bar snacks for an hour. Locanda's first aperitivo hour is on June 10th and will continue daily from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
— Daisy Barringer