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    Interview with the barman Alessio Bianchi

    For those who want an excellent aperitif in Viareggio, the bar of the Grand Hotel Principe di Piemonte is a stop not to miss.

    An authentic must, a real cult, thanks to the fixed appointment of summer Mondays.

    However, let us find out why and how a simple aperitif can turn into a real event by knowing better Alessio Bianchi, barman at the Grand Hotel Principe di Piemonte.

    Alessio, you are a professional with great experience who listen to the stimuli that come from all over the world, how do you think the habits of users have changed in terms of cocktails choice?

    A. In the last 12 years, I believe that the culture of the search for original and exclusive drinks in favour of greater globalization and adaptation to mass habits has decreased. The client mainly relies on macro trends. At the Grand Hotel Principe di Piemonte we strive to stimulate our Italian and foreign customers, awaken their taste to the discovery of new flavours, refined aromas, unique sensations.

    With which strategies can you win over customers?

    A. First of all, it is important to make guests feel comfortable and welcome, establishing a quiet, professional relationship with a bit of empathy. I do not send customers away from their comfort zone but I try to offer them interesting variations with respect to habits.

    For example, at present, the consumption of spritz in its most common form is widespread and its true potential is unknown. When I get an order of this cocktail, I try to suggest variations with different aromas that few people know. I am thus able to amaze and gratify guests without, however, distorting their habits.

    You are one of the reasons for success of the Monday aperitif on the beautiful terrace of the Grand Hotel Principe di Piemonte. With which cocktails do you win and delight customers who participate in this unique event on the Versilia Coast?

    A. For this evocative event, I chose fresh and refreshing cocktails with the right balance between sweetness and acidity. I tried to include traditional cocktails and our creative proposals in the menu to satisfy both classic and experimental customers.

    Can you tell us which are the most interesting cocktails and why?

    A. Let’s start with traditional drinks, including the Hugo, elderflower liqueur, lime juice, mint, Prosecco and soda, very pleasing to the ladies for its sweetness, freshness and low alcohol content. Then, we have the Negroni, whose centenary is celebrated, a sacred bartending monster. Moving on to innovative cocktails, I am pleased to mention the Gin Tonic Botanico: gin, tonic water and a splash flavoured with rosemary, thyme and lemon produced by us. This drink remind us the scents of the Mediterranean and it is ideal for cheering foreigners during their holidays on the Tuscan coast. Finally, I would like to indicate the Passion Spritz, a variant of the most common model: passion fruit liqueur, lime juice, cranberry syrup drop made by us, Prosecco and soda.

    This product is very demanded by young people for the captivating colour that matches the sunset!

    Imagination, inspiration, creativity and a breath of freshness respecting tradition are among the ingredients that you can find in the coolest aperitif on the Versilia coast, scheduled every Monday in summer, from June 24th to August 26th, from 8.30 pm to 10.30 pm.

    An unconventional aperitif, served by the pool, on a terrace with a panoramic view of the sea on one side, and the Apuan Alps on the other.

    A breath-taking location that will make you feel out of the world while still being in the heart of Viareggio.

    A ritual marked by live music that will propose Italian and international jazz and soul songs.

    All that, embellished by the cocktails of our barman Alessio Bianchi accompanied by refined finger food created by the starred chef Giuseppe Mancino.

    Not just appetizers, but haute cuisine specialities that give life to a buffet with sea and land courses.

    Find out together the Monday aperitif buffet at the Grand Hotel Principe di Piemonte.

    Land:

    • Bread corner;
    • Assortment of three pecorino cheeses;
    • Meat tartare;
    • Slices of salami;
    • Our assorted pizzas and focaccias;
    • Savoury pie with vegetables;
    • Quinoa / Venus rice with avocado.

    Sea:

    • Pappa al pomodoro in the glass with seafood;
    • Steamed prawns;
    • Mixed mayonnaise with citrus fruits;
    • Octopus with potatoes and basil sauce;
    • Salmon tartare with fennel, lime and yogurt;
    • Semi-cooked tuna with sweet and sour onion;
    • *Natural oysters (served as an entrance to the table accompanied by vaporized peated whiskey);
    • Gnocchetti pasta with walnut pesto and gorgonzola;
    • Calamarata pasta with white fish ragout, cherry tomatoes, lemon and basil

     

    Desserts:

    • Fruit skewers;
    • Variety of spoon mousses;
    • Fresh pastry.

     

    The Monday aperitif at the Grand Hotel Principe di Piemonte can be booked at a cost of € 59.00 per person. It includes buffet, one drink per person and live music.

    Child prices: from 0 to 6 years free, from 7 to 15 years 50% discount (29.50 euros), from 16 years up full price (59.00 euros).

    Book today by writing to info@principedipiemonte.com or by calling 05844011.

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