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Schiavon square

The "quick one" of the driver

There must have been a good reason why GioBatta Poli (1846-1921) decided on 15 January 1885 to move from San Luca to Schiavon.

A few months earlier, on 25 September 1884, Senator Alessandro Rossi (1819-1898), entrepreneur and enlightened politician, had founded the “Ferrovie Economiche di Schio” with the aim of establishing a rail connection between the major production centres in the upper Vicenza province and Vicenza itself, the main city that since 1846 was served by the most important railway line of the time: the Milan-Venice one.

Meanwhile in San Luca, on the Marostica hills, GioBatta owned a thriving business of production and wholesale/retail sale of wine, groceries and straw hats, together with a refreshments and change of horses service.

It was probably the daily contact with travellers that made him understand the increasing importance of transport means.

Vaca Mora inauguration day

Those who came down from the Asiago plateau in order to go to Vicenza, once past the Castle gates in Marostica, arrived finally on the plain.
The road went straight on and the first village one came to was Schiavon.  The train had to go through there.
And so it was that GioBatta decided to buy a house and some land in Schiavon, moved there and opened the Osteria al Cappello, where he carried on selling wine and straw hats.
A few years later the long awaited steam train, the Vaca Mora (Black Cow), finally arrived in front of the tavern.

Passengers used to wait for the Vaca Mora at the tavern, chatting and sipping a glass of wine or a drink of that bitter prepared from an infusion of herbs, fruit peels and roots. Sometimes even the driver would peep in.

A few nips later, in 1898, the Poli distilleries were established on the tavern premises.

Bitter liqueur

Vaca Mora - Amaro Veneto

Bitter liquer obtained by putting aromatic herbs in infusion in Grappa and alcohol

GioBatta Poli in 1885 opened the ‘Al Cappello’ tavern near Schiavon train station. Passengers would often enjoy a glass of amaro, a bitter liqueur, while waiting for the “Vaca Mora” (black cow) steam train.

Sometimes also the driver came in...!
A few drops later, in 1898, a distillery was built on the tavern premises.

vacamora The quick one of the engineer

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Jacopo Poli



Raw material: infusion in Grappa and alcohol of aromatic herbs
Aroma: spicy and softly minted
Taste: medicinal style bitter, digestive
% Alc - Content: 32% Alc./Vol - 700 ml
Service: at temperature of 10/15 °C - 50/59 °F in a tulip-shaped glass

Vaca Mora with tube - Bitter liqueur