Venice curiosity: ci beviamo un’ombra? How about drinking a shadow?


Venice curiosity: ci beviamo un’ombra? How about drinking a shadow?

If you have ever been in Venice, you might have heard some authentic Venetians inviting his friend to bere un’ombra, which means “ drink a shadow” in Italian. Have you ever wonder the meaning of the world “ombra”?

In Veneto the word “ombra” is used to mean a glass of wine. There are many and different stories about the origin of this common saying: it can be an euphemism derived from the fact that in the past drinking wine was considered a vulgar activity; or it can be related to the presence of wine stores covered by pavilion at the base of the St Mark’s Campanile. Beviamo un’ombra (“let’s go drinking a shadow”) refers to the Venetians’ custom of consuming wine in the shade of the campanile.

You can use this curious expression when you’re ordering at our restaurant. The Leoncini Restaurant will offer you its best selection of shadows. Take a look at our menu!

 

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