How did you get started in bartending and what inspired you to pursue this career?
My dad opened a pub in Bologna, mu hometown, in 1996. Differently from UK, in Italy pubs are not so widely spread, and my dad’s pub was the first one in town. I grew up there. Every evening I wanted to be there, between the kegs, bottles of wines and sprits. That was my playground. I made my first cocktail when I was 6, a Brandy Alexander. I had to wait 12 years to taste my first cocktail, but I will never forget that day, the excitement while mixing the ingredients and shaking the cocktail. My family always wanted me to pursue a different career – I even tried working in banking for 6 months – but since I was 6, since that Brandy Alexander I knew what I wanted to do one day. Making that mixing spirits my own career.
What excites you most about working behind the bar and creating drinks?
The atmosphere, the vibes, the surprise of the guests when you crate a bespoke drink tailored to their taste. The most exciting part is trying to read your guests, trying to get into their mind to understand what they are looking for, what’s their taste and then come up with something they’ve never tried before, but that perfectly fits what they wanted.