The Best Aperitivo Bars In Venice: An Interview With Rudi Carraro, Brand Ambassador Of Select

For many people, Venice is best enjoyed with an aperitivo; a slug of botanical-rich bitters alongside prosecco and soda water, topped with ice cubes and garnished with—among other things—a canal view (a Grand Canal view if we’re being really picky).

Even though the drink was invented in Venice, only one aperitif has actually been made here. It’s Select, started in the 1920 by Vittorio and Mario Pilla and originally made in the brothers’ distillery in the Castello area. There are over 20 botanicals in its construction, but its dark red colour is a hint to its complexity, with juniper and rhubarb roots providing heft alongside vanilla and cardamom.

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