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Saturday 28 January 2023

Australia's most expensive spritz is one of 15 on a new drinks list

Meet Australia's most expensive spritz - it will set you back $299 for a glass of Italian-accented refreshment.

Mantra South Bank general manager Adrian Lampe says the range of 15 spritzes is one of the highlights at hotel's new Ovello Bar & Kitchen eatery, which opens in early February.

The menu includes Italian favourites including fresh calamari fritti, gooey burrata, spaghetti vongole and stone-baked pizza made with a 37-year-old mother dough - all of which can be paired with spritzes.

“Ovello's signature spritz list includes a lychee spritz made with pink gin, sparkling rosé, lychee fruit and topped with edible pink glitter and flowers,” Lampe said.

“Or there's the Dolce Vita spritz with Sexy Cat marshmallow liqueur, sparkling moscato and vanilla, topped with fairy floss, mini marshmallows, and edible glitter.”

Single spritzes are $16 a glass or $50 by the carafe but the headline grabber is $299 The Duchess.

“For the true spritz connoisseurs, this very special drink is made with rose liqueur, Dom Pérignon Champagne and topped with authentic locally made Turkish Delight glazed in a gold lustre and served in a special glass for guests to take home,” Lampe said.

To be honest, it sounds absurd and waste of good Champagne, but to each their own.

The opening of the restaurant on February 9 coincides with Brisbane's recent economic revival.

With tourism bouncing back in Brisbane and a newfound energy amongst locals, we were eager to find a way to play a part in South Bank, and this was our answer,” Lampe said.

“It's bright, bubbly, and unbridled in fun. Plus we know Brisbane locals love Italian food, so it was an easy decision to bring our take on an Italian summer to our little pocket of Brisbane.”

The venue boasts a bar, two dining rooms, and al fresco seating.

Ovello is also hosting a special Valentine's Day event with a one-night only San Valentino menu for $75 per head, with an additional special spritz menu at $50 per pair to complete the evening.


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