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1 Viale Piave, Milan, Italy
By Hamish Smith
In Italy, if bartenders agree on anything it is that Nottingham Forest is a cathedral of Italian bartending expression. Head priest of this temple of mixology is Dario Comino – the quiet, humble owner-operator who must be considered the most important bartender working on Italian soil today.
He might not have the international reputation of his molecularly-leaning contemporaries but he is every bit as pioneering. Indeed, if his tome on mixology was published in English, we’d probably find half the things we thought were first seen in London, were actually masterminded in Milan. Fermentation in cocktails? Clarification of ingredients? Comino was doing this stuff while the rest of the world was arguing over Jerry Thomas recipes.