Mario Farulla is the Bar Manager at Baccano in Rome. He makes us two cocktails, one with Gin and Dry Vermouth and the second with Gin and Bitter.
Mario introduce yourself
My name is Mario Farulla and I am born and raised in Rome. I left Italy when I was 19 years old to travel the world and worked in England, Azerbaijan and the Middle East. I collected my experience from working in five-star hotels and bars, such as the Four Seasons, the Marriot group and Galvin Brothers (a Michelin Star restaurant group). Eventually I decided to come back to Rome and work in my home city. I’m now the bar manager of Baccano, a restaurant in the Trevi district, and I am very proud because we just won the 3rd best cocktail bar in Italy and personally, thanks to my team, I won the best bar manager. Even if we are a high volume bar, we maintain classic service and I try to incorporate my personal touch, mixing Calvados and Cognacs with classic Italian cocktails.
The classic you want to show us
60ml Star of Bombay Gin or Grey Goose Ducasse Vodka
1 spray of Martini Dry Vermouth
The bar you dream of
Because I used to work in a hotel bar and high-level service was first and foremost, my dream bar would be a hotel bar here in Rome. The style would be very close from the Dandelyan, great service and good vibes in a modern style. It’s complicated in a hotel, but it’s my dream bar, so we wouldn’t have a menu so we could offer a bespoke service to customers with bespoke cocktails.
What do you do in your time off
Take my time, chill and take long walks in the city with my girlfriend.
The spirit you like the most
As I told you, I try to twist classic Italian cocktails with other spirits. Cognac is my go to and my favourite brand is Godet. This spirit is the root of mixology, with it, you can come back to the origins of drinks. I love a good Manhattan with cognac which is known as a Harvard cocktail.
What makes a good cocktail
For me a good cocktail can be complicated or easy, as long as it’s the right drink for the customer.
What ingredient do you enjoy using in cocktails
I am Italian, so of course I love vermouth and I work more and more with white vermouth. My favourite cocktail is a Dry Martini served in a very cold glass.
The signature cocktail you want to show us
The Perfect Negroni
30ml of Martini Bitter
45ml of Martini Reserva Vermouth
30ml of Star of Bombay Gin
3 drops of Saline Solution
1 spray of Origami Essence
1 spray of Bay Leaf Essence
Where do you think we need to go to interview another bartender
You need to go to visit Giacomo at Paradiso, he does a great job in Barcelona. I am eager to discover the new venue of Daniel Schofield in Manchester, the Schofield’s Bar, which will open this year and Remy Savage at the Artesian in London, is always ahead of the game.
Thank you, Blue Blazer, for invited us to Rome and made this interview possible.