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My Italian family members will use a word that sounds like "spudatza" to refer to a small taste of a drink.

"Would you like to try this wine?"

"Just a spudatza"

What word is this?

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    Welcome on ItalianSE! – abarisone Jan 29 '19 at 13:25
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I think your Italian family members are saying sputazza which is a word coming from Sicilian dialect and it literally means sputo (spit), and also saliva (saliva, spittle).

Obviously the meaning is what you guessed: a colloquial form to indicate a small taste of drink.

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    This has to be correct - they're from Sicily – Paul Jackson Jan 29 '19 at 13:55

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