Spritz represents an important ritual aperitif in Padua, the splendid city of “the three withouts”:- a Saint without a name; a bar without doors and a lawn without grass. The Paduan famous Spritz aperitif is served in all the bars and cafes.
In Padua while the aperitif is served without exception in all locations, the most characteristic places to search out for are – those that look onto Piazza delle Erbe and Piazza dei Frutti – in the streets of the former Jewish Ghetto – in Piazza dei Signori and in Piazza Duomo.
When one says aperitif in the Veneto area it indicates specifically Spritz. It is a drink of modest alcohol content, a mix of white wine, sparkling water and Aperol served with ice and decorated with a slice of orange or lemon. The Aperol can be substituted with Campari.
A colourful, cheerful cocktail which can be presented in various interpretations.
Here are 5 locations in Padua to enjoy this drink, naturally after you have paid a visit to the beautiful Prato della Valle hopefully on a sunny afternoon when it is full of tourists and students – a true hymn to youth.
1 – Bar Nazionale – Piazza delle Erbe – Tel. +39 049 657 915.
Open Sundays from 09:00 to 21:30, on Mondays and Saturdays from 7 to 22:30, on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 7 alle 23:30, and on Wednesdays from 07:00 to 24:00 hours.
Always busy, it is a historical place, much loved by students and best known for its large selection of the local speciality – “ tramezzini” (sandwiches) which you eat hot. They have the reputation of being the best in Padua – do not miss the one with salami “soppressa” and cabbage.
2 – Caffè Pedrocchi – Via VIII Febbraio, 15 – Tel. + 39 049 878 1231. Open every day from 08:00 to 23:00
Located on the north side of the building this is the famous “bar without doors”. In Art Nouveau style the place is busily frequented by artists and writers. Here, as well as a colorful variety of cocktails, one can enjoy a great coffee expresso with cream and mint.
3 – Godenda – Via Francesco Squarcione, 4 –Tel. + 39 049 877 4192. Open Tuesday to Saturday 08:00 to 23:00.
Famous for excellent aperitifs not only Spritz but also Martini, Americano and Whiskey sour. The wine list is also extensive as is the range of snacks including the famous “baccala mantecato” (creamy salted cod) which is excellent and should be tasted. Attached is a restaurant for those who wish to continue their evening.
4 – Bar Zanellato – Via Fabbri, 20, Tel. +39 049 650 252. Open Sundays 17:00 to 24:00 other days 09:00 to 24:00
A bar synonymous with spritz time. A stone’s throw from Piazza delle Erbe and one of the favoured gathering spot for young students. Has an excellent range of Spritz in many varieties and colours. Always busy. Best arrive in the afternoon.
5 – Bar dei Osei – Piazza dei Frutti, 1 – Tel. + 39 049 875 9606. Open every day from 08:30 to 21:30.
Historical bar located beneath the Palazzo della Ragione in Piazza dei Frutti. Its strong point is their legendary sandwiches with roast pork or hand cut mortadella. As this local has limited inside space best enjoyed during the summer months.