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Gastronome Arrigo Cipriani
From Harry's Bar to the Cipriani Hotel
Venice is a city you'll never forget. We set off in our gondola on a gourmet trip which starts near the market halls. Here we meet the young generation of Venice 's most traditional gastronomes...
Pasta & Dolci
Arrigo Cipriani is the most well-known and at the same time the city's biggest employer. On Giudecca Island, we find him in his pasta factory. The golden-yellow "Cipriani" noodles are now to be found in all the best Italian restaurants and delicatess stores around the world. In addition, this enterprising businessman also opened the dessert bar “Harry's Dolci” in 1983. It is not surprising if the name Harry seems familiar to you, since Arrigo has been true to the Cipriani tradition. The world-famous “Harry's Bar” was opened in 1931 by Arrigo's father, Guiseppe Cipriani, a former waiter. And, as Arrigo admits himself, his father's legendary reputation is something he still has trouble competing with when pursuing his own business in Venice.
For fifty years Guiseppe was the Crown Prince of the culinary scene in Italy. Today, it is his son Arrigo who disappears behind the iron door of the former rope-makers shop. It is here in the legendary Harry's Bar - where Hemmingway used to wash his lobster with whiskey - that the famous Bellini cocktails came into being. This cocktail, which consists of peach juice and sparkling wine, appears in Arrigo Cipriani's recipe books.
Besides the white Carpaccio sauce, Guiseppe Cipriani thought up many other Italian dishes and cocktails here on Torcello Island. Surrounded by fields of vegetable, churches and bridges, the tiny island is about an hour's boat-trip from Venice . Torcello, far from the well-trodden tourist paths, its existence almost forgotten, is an insider tip for discerning travellers.
All good things come in threes, as the saying goes, so old Guiseppe fulfilled one last wish......
As one of the leading hotels of the world, the palace hotel Cipriani has been regarded as Venice 's top hotel for many years. I always stay here when I am in Venice. The noble residence is an elegant palace and comfortable English club all rolled into one - with open fireplace, accessories of Murano glass, elegant salons and several verandas.
Although the hotel is no longer in the possession of the famous Cipriani restaurant-owning family. Managing Director Natale Rusconi continues to run it exactly as its former owners would have wished. Each of the 100 rooms is fitted out with fabulous Venetian furniture and magnificent marble baths. The grand hotel also converted the late Gothic building next door into a luxury hotel residence. The Palazzo Vendramin, dating from the 15th century, fitted with exclusive apartments is more reminiscent of an elegant villa and is ideal for honeymooners.
All of the living quarters, with their magnificent view of the bay of San Marco consist of stylish junior suites with one or two bedrooms. The bathrooms, which all have expensive marble finishing, even have bathtubs with underwater massage. The individual butler service, access to all the facilities at the Hotel Cipriani and the astounding view of St. Mark's Square turn each stay into an unforgettable experience!
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* This special feature "Arrigo Cipriani" has been one of more than 200 VIP-Portraits, produced by Nathalie Gütermann for her TV-Shows 'Nathalie's Lifestyle' and 'Nathalie's Art of Living' that were broadcasted between 1990 - 2003 in Germany and in 15 countries world-wide. The content has been updated with actual information in 2004 for Nathalies-Lifestyle.com © 1990 - 2004. The reproduction or other use of any text, photographs, etc. needs the prior written permission of the Chief Publisher.