The Aperitif par excellence in Padua … the Spritz !! A true cult !!
The Spritz lends itself to different interpretations: the white wine used to be still or sparkling with the addition of Aperol or Campari. It normally reaches 12/15 degrees, composed in equal parts of white wine / prosecco, sparkling water / seltz and Aperol, served with ice and garnished with a slice of orange or lemon peel and optionally from an olive.
The name of the drink seems to have originated in the period of Austro-Hungarian domination, when the Austrian soldiers, to reduce the alcohol content of local wines to which they were not accustomed, asked to lengthen with seltz or sparkling water: the name derives from the verb “spritzen” which means to spray, referring precisely to the practice of adding water to the wine.
Every day before lunch and from late afternoon (happy hour), many students, the same Padovans and tourists passing through, find themselves in the squares and in the adjacent streets to consume the typical drink … Spritz accompanied by appetizers, olives , pizzas and classic chips. The aperitif is served in all the bars and in all the establishments of Padua and the province, with the exception of some wine shops that serve only more traditional wine. The squares of Padua: Piazza delle Erbe, Piazza dei Frutti and Piazza dei Signori, Piazza Duomo and the Ghetto (the former Jewish ghetto), the Liston of the center are the most popular places, plateaus of adjacent rooms where you can comfortably sit, taste the aperitif and have a chat in good company.