Venice

HARRY’S BAR Worlds Coolest Restaurant

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ARIGO CIPRIANNI MIXES UP SOME BELLINI S “INVENTED by HIS FATHER GIUSEPPE CIPRIANI”

The World’s Coolest Restaurant? Why, it’s Harry’s Bar,

Venice of course. Without a doubt. There is no contest for any to compete. Well many will beg to differ, but I know better, and better than most. No Brag, Just Fact! Let me tell you why.

If you are in any of the Great Renowned Cities of the World, cities such as; New York, Paris, Rome, Bangkok, Tokyo, London,

Hong Kong, wherever. There will in all these cities be a number of restaurants where the In-Crowd, the Jet-Set, Those in The Know, the Movers-and-Shakers of the World will go to. There are usually at least 6 to 12 restaurants for those in the know to go to. For example, if you are in my City, New York and you are one of these people, “Those In the Know,” you might go to any one of these restaurants. right now in the year 2011 these restaurants would be; Minetta Tavern,

Bar Pitti, The Waverly Inn, Pastis, Momofuku Ssam, The Standard Grill, John Dory at The Ace Hotel, and at least 6 others. Same goes for LA, London, Paris, Rome, and so-on.

In Venice there are many restaurants, but really just one more or less that “Everyone Who is Anyone” will go when in town. One, that one is “Harry’s Bar.” No other restaurant in the World quite like it. If you are of the Jet Set, The In Crow, those “In-The-Know,” you’ll know one thing for sure, when you go to Harry’s Bar you will be amongst the all of

The “in Crowd” will be there and nowhere else. Well this is a bit of an exaggeration to make a point, but this point is true 85% of the time.

And of the place, Harry’s Bar, Venice. And i keep saying Harry’s bar Venice, for it is thee only one, but there are many others around the World with the same name. There is only one Great “Harry’s Bar” and that is Harry’s Bar, Venice at the Vaporetto stop of San Marco.

Yes, and of Harry’s. The restaurant is Wonderful. It has a beautiful casual elegance in the decor. The place is always filled with the “Beautiful People,” the service is great, and the food Fabulous. Though at a price. Harry’s bar is very expensive. For some this is of no consequence, but if it is expensive for you, it is definitely worth a splurge. The place is awesome.

After-All, they invented the “Bellini” Cocktail here. And

Beef Carpaccio as well.

Over the years, everyone and everyone has passed through the doors; Kings, Queens, Presidents, Prime Ministers,

Rock Stars, Movie Stars, you name it. Too many to name, never-the-less, I will name some names; Ernest Hemingway, Grace Kelly, Onassis, Sir Winston Churchill, Humphrey Bogart, Mick Jagger, George Clooney, Jude Law, Gwyneth Palthrow and on-and-on. And you if you go, of course.

If you go to Harry’s Bar, you will Love it. The place is filled with quite a exciting energy. It’s a experience you’ll always remember. So, do remember, The World’s Coolest restaurnat, Harry’s Bar, Venice that is.

 

 by Daniel Bellino Zwicke

GUERRATO MY FAVORITE HOTEL In VENICE

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The famed Rialto Market of VENICE is literally 12 feet past this entrance of Pensione Guerrato (aka Albergo Guerrato) … The Rialto Fish and Vegetable Market (Meat too) has been serving the people of Venice for more than 600 years …

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As you can see the building that houses the Pensione Guerrato was built in 1288 … That’s more than 700 years old folks, and more than twice as old as our country The United States of America ..

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The Dining Room at the quaint and wonderful Albergo Guerrato at The Rialto in Venice. A dining room where I’ve had many wonderful Breakfasts before heading out in exploration of by beloved city of Venice ….

Yes I do love Guerrato, the quaint little hotel that sits, literally in the center of the famed food market of Venice “The RIALTO MARKET”   I first discovered this lovely little hotel on my second trip to this enchanting city in 1995 … I was just walking around looking for a great new place to stay in Venice. My first trip to La Serrenisima in 1985 i stayed at a nice little hotel Fierenze, nice, but I was looking for some place nicer. I found it in Guerrato, which I actually just stumbled upon, lucky for me, and some friends as well, who I sent to stay there and they all adored it.

Pensione Guerrato aka Albergo Guerrat is a lovely little place in the center of the famed Rialto market of Venice. They have nice clean rooms and wonderful common rooms like the dining room that are sprinkled with antiques and local paintings and pictures of Venice. The hotel is owned and is run by two young couples. Guerrato has a great location, as I’ve said in the middle of the Rialto, and not far from Piazza San Marco, Accadamia, and most of Venice’s major sights.

Daniel Bellino-Zwicke

Cipriani Downtown ……Soho New York

Cipriani Downtown. “Eurotrash Central.” Some might say. Well, it is true I guess. The place is often filled with them, Eurotrash, moneyed Europeans with cash, Ferrari’s, Rolex Watches, Prada, Monolos, and Gucci Bags and Glasses.

Yes, some of the clientele can be pretentious, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that Downtown Cipriani is a great restaurant with a wonderfully unique ambiance, where one can really have a nice time. I have, and on numerous times.
Yes, it is insanely expensive, I bopped in for a Negroni the other day, $21.00, not including the tip. Add tip, an even $25 spot, for just one little drink. The famed Carpaccio (Invented by founder Giuseppe Cipriani) is $28, the Tagiolini Gratinee is $27, and a Veal Milanese will set you back $41.
Cipriani gets a lot of negative feedback from people who can’t handle the place, but for everyone who hates it, I’ll show you 10 who Love it. As for me, I can easily understand why certain people may not like the place. Myself and about a dozen friends who I go there with, we Love it. The place is a lot of Fun, Vibrant and “Full of Life.” The ambiance is awesome! If you’ve ever been to the Mother-Ship “Harry’s Bar” in Venice you will recognize some Harry’s Bar’s famous decor style of smaller tables and chairs along with smaller flatware and Silverware, but the Silverware is real Silver and beautiful. The Bar is of the same Wood of that at the famous Harry’s Bar and the walls of Downtown Cipriani are filled with fabulous Art-Work that would never Fly at harry’s in Venice, but is just perfect here in what was once the Capital of New York Art, Soho. There is a incrediable large Photo of Wild Horses running of the Wilds of the West, it’s “Magnificent.” I Love the Big Picture of Dizzy Gilesseppe and Beautiful Girls as well.
And of the food, I don’t care what anyone says, “It’s superb.”
The Pasta Dishes are awesome, as is the famed Beef Carpaccio, Calves Liver Venenziana, and just about anything.
if you’ve never been there, check it out, you might Love it. But then again, you might not. I have had many Good times there. I love it. If you don’t, you have the choice of never having to go again, but there will be thousands to take your place.
Daniel Bellino Zwicke
 

 
photos Daniel Bellino Zwicke