May 28, 2019, 09:00am
There are few families more synonymous with luxury hospitality than The Ciprianis. Though their portfolio now spans hotels, residences, and eponymous Italian restaurants across the globe, their story has a more humble beginning.
Giuseppe Cipriani was a beloved bartender at Hotel Europa in Venice in the 1920s. And in an effort to help out Harry Pickering, a wealthy young American and bar regular who fell into financial decline, Cipriani loaned him 10,000 lire (the equivalent of $500 US) to help him get back on his feet. A couple years later in 1931, Pickering returned to Cipriani’s bar with 50,000 lire in hand, and proposed they jointly open a bar. Thus, Harry’s Bar was born.
As the birthplace of the Bellini and watering hole of choice to countless luminaries over the decades (like Ernest Hemingway), Harry’s Bar has maintained a spotless (and seamless) reputation by offering everyone who walks through their doors a gracious, unforgettable experience.
Today, fourth-generation family members and brothers Ignazio and Maggio continue to build upon their grandfather’s legacy with Mr. C, boutique hotels – which are members of the prestigious Leading Hotels of the World – and residences that marry signature Cipriani hospitality with timeless design, buzzy locations, and naturally, terrific cuisine and cocktails. The first property opened in 2011 in Beverly Hills, followed by New York’s Mr. C Seaport last summer.
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