Harry’s Bar Florence

Harry’s Bar Florence

Among the famous inventions of Cipriani at Harry’s Bar in Venice is, of course, the Bellini, a heady mix of pink Italian peach purée mixed with prosecco. But Harry’s Bar Florence has at times laid claim to being home of the Bellini. The Florence bar is set on the great River Arno that cuts the…

Food Crimes - Bananas

Food Crimes - Bananas

In this, the second in the series, of food crimes, banana dishes of the 1950s take centre stage. The first article on jelly and jelly set salads is here. So back in the 1950/60s my grandfather was a pilot for BOAC (BA these days). As was then typical by nature of the job, he’d go…

Harry’s Bar Venice

Harry’s Bar Venice

Of all the cocktail bar names out there, ‘Harry’s’ has to be among the most popular, conjuring up images of high quality cocktails served with immaculate style and service, thanks to the standards set by the Ciprianis. Harry’s Bar in Venice came into existence when Giuseppe Cipriani opened the bar in 1931. The circumstance around…

Quo Vadis

Quo Vadis

If Quo Vadis is one thing, it is the Grand Dame of Soho. Marked out on Dean Street by a giant art deco neon sign down the side of the building, it was founded in 1926 in its current venue, which had served as a brothel and the home of Karl Marx where he began…