Vespetrò is a Lombard liqueur from Canzo. Its main ingredients are spices and medicinal plants. It is marketed with the brand Vespetrò Scannagatta and produced – as a homemade product – also by some families in Canzo, who hand down the recipe from generation to generation.
During the 19th century, a Canzese pharmacist, Scannagatta, perfected the traditional recipe of the town, patented it and began to market it. The brand Vespetrò Scannagatta was awarded during the 1900 Paris World's fair and was appreciated by the 20th century's tourists, coming in Canzo and surroundings, in its yellow and elongated bottle.
After a stop in the years 1992–2007, the selling restarted. Scannagatta exact recipe remains secret, and also every producing family of Canzo treasures its own version, with slight variations in the method of producing and in the proportion of ingredients.
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- Karl Baedeker, L’Italie: Manuel du voyageur. Première partie: l’Italie septentrionale, 1865