The true origin of Spritz
Spritz is a very popular alcoholic aperitif in the Triveneto area, based on Prosecco wine with the addition of a liqueur, such as Aperol, Campari or Select which gives it a red / orange color and a splash of sparkling water or seltz.
In the mid-800s, in the Venetian territories under the rule of the Austro-Hungarian kingdom, the Austrians used to lengthen the wine with soda water, a particularly carbonated water, since they were not used to such intense wines. With a sprinkling of water the wine slipped much better and so Spritz was born, from the German spritzen (spray). With the passage of time, the Spritz recipe has undergone many influences and today if you enter a bar and order a Spritz you will be served a glass with sparkling water and … and here a world opens up. If you are in Treviso you will find Prosecco and either Aperol or Camapri Rosso with orange slice or olive, but already if you move to Venice the wine is still and you use the Select or even the Cynar if you want.
Where to drink it?
Bars, snacks or cocktail bars are terms that in Venice to make the famous “aperitif” you will never hear, not because they do not exist, but simply because they bear other names, much more characteristic. So here they are called bàcaro, in the plural bàcari, or bacaréti. These are small rooms, which characterize Venice in a unique way and which present a very special format, appreciated by an extremely heterogeneous public: in wood, rustic but at the same time welcoming and familiar managed for several generations . Entered a bàcaro rarely you will notice people holding their smartphone, simply because a Bàcaro Tour (Tour of Venice with tasting of cicchetti and wine moving from bacaro to bacaro) requires that both hands are free. After all, what fits best with a good glass of wine? Good food, which of course can not miss in the characteristic bàcari.
These are the so-called cichéti, which basically are nothing more than samples of typical dishes. Their term derives from the Latin ciccus, which literally means “small quantity”. The smell of wine, the scent of food, the color of wood, the joy of people, if you walk through Venice, notice these four elements you will surely find yourself in front of a bacaréto, one of the most characteristic stages of your stay in the city. Places where you can immerse yourself in the real, authentic Venice, somehow alive, the beating heart of a region that moves and offers wonders waiting to be discovered.