The glorious tradition of aperitivo, the Italian custom of whiling away an afternoon or evening with a glass of vino in hand and some complimentary snacks from the bar, has arrived in downtown La Jolla via Ciao Ciao Piadina, which opens this Thursday, April 1 on Pearl Street. The team behind the highly-anticipated bar and social club includes the owners of Ambrogio15 pizzeria, which is soon expanding to Del Mar Highlands, and Semola, their fast-casual pasta spot that’s reopening next month in the former Prepkitchen La Jolla space.
At Ciao Ciao Piadena, the stretch between 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. will be dedicated to aperitivo, offering $29 or $39 sets that include one drink plus unlimited free finger foods and small bites like olives, bruschetta, and imported meats and cheeses. Additional drinks, from natural and biodynamic wines including a private label prosecco to a range of spritzes, can be ordered a la carte along with any plates off the daytime menu, which centers around flatbread sandwiches called piadina, one of the official food products of Italy’s Emilia-Romagna region, as well as salads and other light snacks.
The 1,200-square-foot restaurant and bar, which will have both indoor and outdoor seating, plans to eventually extend its hours to include a breakfast menu of coffee and Italian pastries.