On a corner in Isola lies a lovely place called Anche, a jack of all trades that can offer you just about anything.
In the mornings, the place is full of customers on their way to work, popping in for a quick espresso and croissant. It’s a favorite with locals – many of whom perch on the simple wooden tables outside to watch the world go by.
This will likely become your favorite spot, too. It doesn’t matter whether you’re alone or with friends; you’ll find it is nearly impossible to sit there without being invited into a friendly conversation with someone else at the table. Anche seems to breed friendliness, and it’s incredibly refreshing.
The coffee is good and cheap (€.50 at the bar, €1 at the table), though the baked goods don’t quite match up to the java.
But if you’re searching for a great for aperitivo, this is your spot. Served from 7pm-9pm, the buffett is one of the best in the neighborhood. Drinks will cost €6, no matter what you order (they charge more for beer and wine during aperitivo so you may as well order a cocktail to get the most bang for your buck).
The drink menu is served on a cloth, adding a unique twist to the regular ordering process. However, not all the cocktails are listed on the tea towel…so if you want a full list, use the one propped up at the bar.
The aperitivo offerings typically include pasta, bean salad, cheese and tomato foccacia, baked zucchini and fennel, salami, cheese, and extremely delicious potatoes, among other things.
Everything is well displayed and well stocked, which is just part of why people keep returning.
The evening atmosphere is always lively, and the party typically spills out onto the street.
This is partly due to its open-air setup at the front of the restaurant, and partly because Anche just seems to attract really nice, fun people.
Anche also offers typical restaurant grub, though it’s easy to stuff yourself with so much aperitivo that dinner is out of the question. It’s probably pretty darn tasty though.
If you’re in a hurry and on a budget, your best bet is to pop into the adorably tiny forno section of the restaurant, where you can buy a takeaway slice of pizza for €1.70 or a beer for €2.
It’s open until 4 a.m., and will likely take you back to your college days as you scarf down a ridiculously cheap slice on the sidewalk, which you may or may not remember the next morning.
Address: Via Carmagnola, 5