Apertivo is a prime example of the good things happening to North Park these days. The area is filled with revitalization, new restaurants are opening up all over the place that you wouldn't expect. As a result of being in North Park, the owner wisely (and fairly) priced the food and the wine list so as to not scare the neighborhood away. There is a huge variety of (mostly) Italian-style tapas. Some of my favorites include the lasagne, the asparagas, and the calamari! They have a great wine list, with, I believe, at least 60 wines available BY THE GLASS! How many restaurants offer a good wine list by the glass?! The prices on the wine are also reasonable, and they have some good stuff from all over the world, not just California. The place does feel a bit odd when you first walk in. It's a big open room, and there are no dividers or partitions to break up the noise, so it gets VERY loud in there. It's almost like being in a bar. I don't really care for the noise level, and I wish the owner would do something about it. But, I'm willing to overlook it because I love the food and the wine list. They recently expanded, taking over the space next door, and the service did slow down a bit because I think they were playing a little bit of catch-up, but I'm sure they've probably resolved that since my last visit. Definately a great find in the heart of North Park!
Pros: Great food, wine list, friendly staff
Cons: Loud, sounds like you're in a bar!