Italian students asked to choose between Scottish water and Italian water picked the Scottish option in a recent blind taste test in Edinburgh.
Edinburgh Italian dining institution Vittoria has been running online and offline polls to see what customers would rather have served to them – Scottish water or Acqua Panna – with the losing drink being banned from the restaurants.
Hundreds of votes have been registered at the voting site – with the Italian Consulate in Edinburgh refusing to get involved in the water war.
However other Italians have been stepping up and filmed on YouTube and the Holyrood PR website at as part of the blind testings.
That included 21-year-old Italian student Francesco Cannossa who picked Scottish water as tasting better than Italian water in the blind taste test.
When the result was revealed to him he said: “That is impossible. The first water I tasted was the best, it had to be the Italian one,” while his friends scoffed.
But when they took the test, only one out of the four correctly identified the Acqua Panna.
In the blind taste test, 80% of the 40 people surveyed over an Edinburgh lunchtime correctly identified the Scottish water over the Acqua Panna.
On tester, Marie Williams, 45, from Edinburgh said: “The Scottish water just had a better taste – it actually had a taste and a bit of life. while the water you’ve told me that’s Italian had nothing at all.”
Voting will remain open for one more week before the final decision is made about which water gets the chop.
Vittoria, an Edinburgh eating institution, has been a huge hit on the city’s Leith Walk for nearly four decades, before opening sister Vittoria restaurant on George IV Bridge in May 2007.
Restaurant owner Tony Crolla had been looking at removing Italian water Acqua Panna from the restaurant. That then sparked a debate amongst customers what was better – Scottish water or Italian water.
“However, some people feel that an authentic Italian restaurant should have authentic Italian water, so I’ve decided to open it up to the public to decide if it should be Scottish water or Italian water we serve.
“It’s Water Idol with the winner being kept on at the restaurants. If Italian water wins, then all the Scottish water will be used for is washing the dishes and the floors.
Scottish water has a fantastic reputation across the globe. Across Scotland, it is supplied by Scottish Water, who carries out around 1000 tests a day to ensure the 2.3billion litres delivered daily to homes and businesses is of the highest quality.
Acqua Panna takes its name from the famous Villa Panna in the hills of Tuscany, where the water was first discovered. The source is located 3,700 feet high in the serene Apennines Mountains of Tuscany.
Legend has it the ancient Romans built the only road stretching from Northern to Southern Italy through Scarperia – and past the source – to provide well-deserved refreshment to weary travellers.
Voting for which water gets the boot is expected to close next week.