And now for a toast
After the war, in 1948, Giuseppe Cipriani was the head barman at Harry’s Bar in Venice. He paid homage to peace with the creation of a drink that combined the freshness and color of peaches with the vivaciousness of sparkling wine.
He named the cocktail for the Venetian painter Giovanni Bellini (also known as Il Giambellino) because its pink color reminded Cipriani of the robes of an angel in one of his paintings.
Today the Bellini is one of the best-loved Italian aperitifs in the world and is truly a must when you land on the Venice shores. When something is so well known and well loved, it becomes an icon, taking on a myriad of meanings that go far beyond its flavor.
The Bellini is also the symbol of happy hour in Italy – the moment of the day dedicated to meeting up with friends and winding down after a day at work. Happy hour is that fascinating appointment – more serious than a coffee at the café but less formal than a long sit-down dinner.
The moment is like a bridge; it transports us from the light of day to dusk, and on towards the evening to the sound of music and chatter. It’s no coincidence that for us, here at Roberto Coin, the collection dedicated to this moment of lightheartedness is Art Deco.
In fact, Art Deco’s playful character perfectly transmits all of the cheer that surrounds a dynamic, joyful happy hour. The diamonds and chosen stones are in perfect harmony with the change in the light at sunset. The malachite, jade, mother-of-pearl and lapis lazuli with their dense, understated colors suitable for both day and night, are brightly illuminated by the diamonds that run across the design of each piece.
Discover all of the combinations in the Art Deco collection and choose the one that best narrates your look for happy hour.
All that’s left to do now is make a toast!
Written by Angelica Vincenzi