"I would like a spritz, please."
"No we don't have Sprite."
"No, a spritz.....?"
"No." I replied with a laugh. Oh dear.
The server took the rest of our order and scurried off, returning with a another man who spoke better English.
"You have a request for a drink?"
"It's a glass of wine...and it's orange? and it's called a spritz, I think?"
"Of course, a spritz-ah."
"Ah! A spritz-ah!" The first server said with a smile, and hurried off again.
I knew that.
It was a little bit bitter and very slightly carbonated.
The spritz is a Veneto specialty, but it was really an invention of the Austrians. Veneto was once under the flag of the Hapsburg Empire. Austrians enjoyed sipping Italian wines, but preferred it wasn't so strong and would ask for a "spritz" of water in their drinks. Over the decades the drink evolved, and is varied today as the people who drink it, but usually the idea is to mix Prosecco, aqua frizzante, Aperol, and top it with a slice of orange or other fruit.