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Goodbye to Mario, the bartender of Ligabue songs – Italian Cuisine

Goodbye to Mario, the bartender of Ligabue songs

He died at 80: he was the manager of the historic Bar Mario in San Martino in Rio, where the Emilian singer-songwriter met with his band at the beginning of his career

Ligabue had sung it in several of his hits: Mario Bar of 1988 ("Mario gives a rag to the bar counter … Mario spits and pulls out the accounts of the bar … Mario sends everyone to sleep and then closes the bar"), and Some nights («See you at Mario, sooner or later) from 1995. But also in Walter the magician is The tough have two hearts. Mario Zanni was the manager of the historic Bar Mario of San Martino in Rio, near Correggio, in the province of Reggio Emilia.

He died at 80 years old and the Emilian singer-songwriter wanted to remember him on his social networks with words of affection: “Hi Marietto. Thank you. Now rest , and with a video in which Mario Zanni, showing his identity card, says:« I am Mario, this is my bar, and it is a bale that Ligabue said that Mario bar does not exist, that they were all fantasies, it's 10 years that I'm here and mister Ligabue used to come here when he got together with those kids to make it complex.

Even the official Ligabue fan club – which is called barMario, in fact – takes its name from the local historian, who still today, despite the management was no longer entrusted to Mario Zanni, remains a fixed stop for the supporters of the Emilian rocker. Yes, because, as reported by "Il Resto del Carlino", at the beginning of his career Bar Mario was the band's meeting point of Ligabue, the Orazero, after the tests in a nearby former stable, in Lemizzone. Back then, the singer was still an accountant in a firm and his group, who dreamed of becoming famous, pulled late into the bar.

Mario himself told it: «Luciano? He did not drink alcohol, only Coca Cola. Rehearsals came to an end with his girlfriend at the time. Claudio Maioli was also there, who would become his manager. The two of us are very similar: simple, good, helpful character. That's why we get along. " And again: «Luciano and the others played in a nearby stable. So they didn't disturb. When they finished trying, around midnight, they came to the bar. I I made fried dumplings and I kept my drinks cool. It pulled until two. Then I gave the now famous rag to the counter and sent everyone to bed. "

Mario's character also appears in the first Ligabue film, Radiofreccia, released in 1998: the bartender, who was called Adolfo in the film, was played by Francesco Guccini.

Run The Mix, the best Italian bartender team comes from the South – Italian Cuisine

Here are the winners of the team competition promoted by Pernod Ricard to enhance Italian mixology

The gold medal for the best Italian bartender team flies to the South. It ended in fact with the victory of the Southern Runners led by Matteo Bonandrini and Alexander Frezza the first edition of Run The Mix, the competition for talent of the tricolor mixology proposed by Pernod Ricard. That yes, he wanted to evaluate creativity in creating new cocktails and the ability to prepare them, but also the ability to present everything in an appealing way, to respect service times and establish an immediate and effective relationship with the customer.

The rules

The spaces of IT, in that of Milan, hosted the three finalist teams, divided by geographical origin. Nordic Runners, Middle Runners Southern Runners, coming respectively from North, Central and South Italy, found themselves having to propose a sequence of cocktails designed ad hoc for the challenge, served in combination with special dishes that have highlighted the possibilities in terms of food pairing. Everything was then presented to a jury of experts, who assessed the teams' performance by adopting peculiar points of view: Francesco Cione Bar Manager of the Octavius ​​in Milan evaluated the technique; Marco Sacco, starred chef owner of the Piccolo Lago di Verbania, the ability to surprise, enhance and entertain through food pairing; Lucia Stragapede, founder of Pastichéri, the ability of to sell and customer loyalty; Nelum Francesca Caramini and Gabriele Litta, drink stylist owners of Fluffer Studio, the beauty of the presentation and the harmony between aesthetics and taste; Alberto Vaccaro, coach certified by the World Association of Business Coaches, empathy with the client and the ability to relate.

The Civetta cocktail.

The winners

The three drinks presented by the Southern Runners to the jury somehow wanted to retrace the phases of every man's life: youth, adolescence and maturity. hummingbird, the first of the proposed cocktails, played on the union of citrus, cocoa and vodka scents Absolut Elyx. On the other hand, the suggestions in the glass of Punk, where the banana met the notes of Tequila Altos. The drink christened Owland finally concluded the service with the complexity – and therefore maturity – of whiskey Jameson Black Barrel. Riccardo Russo and Ugo Acampora from Naples, Giuseppe Milillo from Giovinazzo and the two under 30s Luigi Rosario Grasso from Catania and Giovanni Maffeo from Lecce, together with captains Matteo Bonandrini and Alexander Frezza, have thus won the honor of winning this first edition of Run The Mix. For them also a trip to London to discover the Beefeater world and the most renowned places of British mixology. The perfection of the simplicity of food pairing, the elegance of the presentation and the balance in the garnish, the opening towards the customer and the strong cohesion of ideas, styles and knowledge have led the team of the South to triumph over those of the North and of the Center, second and third place respectively.

Summer trends

"I am convinced that what my team has been able to propose fully reflects the current trends in our sector", he underlines Matteo Bonandrini, captain of the Southern Runners and bartender of the Mak Mixology of Palermo. «The search for the best quality ingredients, of course, but also a substantial reduction in alcohol content, in favor of aromas and flavors that wink at distant lands. It is no coincidence that among the most popular distillates of the season there is undoubtedly tequila, a precious product ready to be finally valued properly, which inevitably brings with it a load of tropical scents perfect for the summer ".

elected Best Bartender of Italy 2019 – Italian Cuisine

Here is the winner of the national final of the Diageo Reserve World Class, which triumphed thanks to a drink inspired by the Statue of Liberty

The Best Bartender of Italy 2019 comes from the heart of Campania, armed with a shaker, tattoos and thick ordinance beard. Salvatore Scamardella – of the Piazza Vanvitelli Experimental Bar of Castellammare di Stabia, obviously in the province of Naples – won the coveted gold medal during the national final of the Diageo Reserve World Class, the prestigious international competition established by Diageo Reserve that celebrates the art of mixology by bringing together the best bartenders in more than 50 countries around the world.

The regulation of the final

The national final took place this year at the Officine Riunite in Milan, and saw the 8 best bartenders that Diageo experts selected among the best pubs in the boot to compete against each other after careful research and training. Competitors have found Reserve products available to them, a range of spirits and spirits from luxury portfolio from Diageo which includes Tanqueray No. Ten gin, Talisker single malt whiskey, Bulleit Bourbon, Ketel One vodka, Zacapa rum and Don Julio tequila. The challenges scheduled to arrive at the awards ceremony were played on horseback, as they say, between tradition and innovation: the bartenders thus tried their hand at the test Single Ingredient, in which they had to choose only one ingredient and treat it in all its possible variations with creativity and creativity; but also in the challenge Finishing moves – Raise your drink, in which it was required the creation of a signature cocktail that at the same time reflected the soul of a Diageo brand and a hint of its own personal history; finally, very high voltage per the Showdown, the ultimate test to test speed and skill under pressure, which required you to prepare 6 classic cocktails with your own personal twist in just 6 minutes of time.

The winner

Salvatore Scamardella beat the other bartenders brilliantly overcoming all the different creativity and technical tests, and succeeding at the same time in highlighting his savoir-faire and his skill behind the counter. In particular, for the challenge, Single Ingredient chose banana as a supporting ingredient, in memory of an afternoon at the zoo with his family, creating a special cocktail called baptism Banana is good for you and made with clarified banana juice, Ketel One vodka with banana flowers and Belsezar White vermouth with banana leaves. For the Raise your drink test, instead, Salvatore has decided to take inspiration from the Statue of Liberty in New York and his legendary journey, creating Lady Liberty's Journey of which you find the (complex) recipe below. Now the Campanian bartender is ready to fly to Glasgow, where from 21 to 26 September it will represent Italy in the World Class global final. Objective: to bring the title of Best Bartender of the World.

Lady Liberty's Journey


4.5 cl Bulleit 10 bourbon infused with Pacchero di Gragnano
1.5 cl of olive water syrup with cold-infused burnt bread
0.5 cl of clarified tomato juice
2 teaspoons of Bulleit wood concentrate 10
9 cl of Acqua di Coca-Cola, obtained from the distillation of Coca-Cola
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