“Giuseppe,” Giulietta said “I’ve found Harry’s Bar”. Fifteen feet by thirty, it was the cordage warehouse. I liked it at once because it was at the end of a dead-end street. At that time there was no bridge connecting the street to Piazza San Marco. The customers would have to come there on purpose and couldn’t just stop in as they were passing by. I wanted a simple, elegant place with two essential features: the customer must not feel oppressed by the décor and there had to be light.
In 2001 Harry’s Bar was declared a National Landmark by the Ministry of Cultural Affairs. As a Place of National Interest for its pivotal role in the twenth century Venice. It is the only establishment in Italy to have received such an accolade in the last 100 years.
In creating what was to become known as the Bellini cocktail in 1948, Giuseppe Cipriani was once again inspired by a painter, the fifteenth century Venetian painter Giovanni Bellini. Peaches were in abundance throughout Italy from June through September, and he had a predilection for the white ones. So much so, in fact, that he kept wondering whether there was a way to transform this magic fragrance into a drink he could offer at Harry’s Bar.
He Experimented by pureeing small white peaches and adding some Prosecco. Those who tasted this new concoction gave it rave reviews, and he was encouraged to pursue his alchemy. He named it Bellini and from that day on the drink became part of Harry’s culture.