The Italian Gassosa
as we know it today
“Gassosa” is a traditional soft drink of Italy. The term “Gassosa” comes from the Italian “gassato”, which means “carbonated” or “with gases”. Although the preparation of carbonated waters has a long history in Europe, the Italian Gassosa, as we know it today, most likely began in the 1950s, although references to similar drinks may exist from earlier times. This drink is simple: carbonated water with a hint of flavor, usually lemon. It has a fresh and cool taste that made it particularly popular on warm days.
The exact origin of Gassosa is not clear, but as with many other traditional drinks, it is likely to have evolved from older practices of making carbonated waters. With the commercial production and advertising of the 20th century, the drink gained wider recognition throughout Italy.