Ago Perrone and company conquer the first place among the cocktail bars in the world with their Italic welcome in London, while two Italian clubs on the rise: 1930 in Milan and Drink Kong in Rome
If there was the national anthem to the proclamation of the winner of the 50 Best Bars, this year would have been Mameli's anthem. Italy exists and is on the roof of the world. Because it is true that the Connaught Bar, which is an elegant hotel bar in Mayfair, won London, but here the whole team speaks Italian. Agostino Perrone, with Giorgio Bargiani and Maura Milia have made the real Italian miracle, bringing the tricolor flag to the top of the ranking of the best bars in the world. IS even the Italian mixing has good reasons to celebrate because two clubs rise in the rankings by climbing several positions, equally distributed between Milan and Rome.
The Italians in the standings
Great success, in fact, for Benjamin Cavagna's 1930 Milanese secret bar, which rises from position 44 in 2019 to 25. A thirties-style speakeasy, as the name implies, but which for the judges of the Fifty Best could rightly be defined as a Futurist bar rather than a retro bar: "In 1930 – the description reads – you drink as if it were 2030 ”.
Blade Runner atmosphere instead for the Roman Drink Kong by Patrick Pistolesi and shareholders, which also scores an excellent performance, considering that he entered as a new entry last year in 82nd position and is promoted to the first part of the ranking with an excellent 45th place. Almost forty positions, conquered thanks to the continuous evolution and research that is carried out by Pistolesi and friends in their laboratory, without forgetting the roots and traditions of the place where they are located. “This convergence of science and tradition makes Drink Kong a special place in the panorama of Italian bars”, say from Fifty Best.
New entry and big absentees
Also noteworthy are two new entries all tricolor in the second half of the ranking, the one that goes from 51 to 100. Also in this case a tie between Rome and Milan the Freni e Frizioni in Trastevere in 87th place and the Officina Milano in 90th.
Too bad for the unclassified, because those good guys from the Roman The Jerry Thomas Project are missing (50th in 2019), Baccano has also failed in Rome (70th in 2019), probably due to the exodus of bar manager Mario Farulla who now we find at the Chapter and that promises great things for the next year. Also missing are Milan's Nottingham Forest which last year was in position 86.
And again Italy
It must be said that even the second place is a bit Italian. This is the Dante of New York, which last year was first, and which already from the name suggests that it is inspired by the Italic welcome. Many other Italian professionals follow, who for one reason or another are perhaps a little brains on the run from Italy, a little testimonial abroad of our innate hospitality. In 11th place we find Maybe Sammy from Sidney, Australia, led by Stefano Catino and Andrea Gualdi. At number 19 is Giacomo Giannotti's Paradiso di Barcellona, which created an excellent mix of Italian hospitality in a Spanish sauce.