Where did it all begin?
I started working in the hotel trade in my home town of Sesto San Giovanni, a town in the north of Italy. Soon after, I went to Melbourne (Australia) working as a kitchen help, and my following destination was United States.
My first stop was New York, working on the Upper East Side, one of the most exclusive and prestigious districts where the New Yorkers with the greatest purchasing power live, in the metropolitan district of Manhattan.
New Yorkers, above all on the Upper East Side, are very eccentric and they do things like having breakfast with a Gin&Tonic, eating a sea bass and lobster with a cappuccino and I have even seen somebody order a “fillet mignon” for their dog. In short, some amazing things.
Then I went to the south of the United States, to be exact to South Beach, a district in the town of Miami Beach (Florida). It is the busiest and most famous beach in Miami; it’s one of the fashionable areas of the city where people go to see and be seen. South Beach is the stereotype that we have in mind when we think about Miami, a place where everything is excessive, a place where well-trained bodies, fashion and extravagance are very much on the agenda.
When you live in a city like that, a moment comes when you stop valuing things; it’s a place where “what you have” is the most important thing. The normal thing in Miami is to earn 400 dollars a night and spend them straight away because you knew that you will earn another four hundred the next day.
One day, a colleague talked to me about the Dunes of Maspalomas on Gran Canaria and I decided to visit it. My idea was to stay for a while but I fell in love with the island and I stayed on. I even bought a house.
What is your favourite place on the island?
Without a shadow of a doubt, Playa del Inglés and it’s dunes. I love to walk for hours and hours at sunset together with my little dog, Kilda, a Siberian Husky cross which is almost nine years old, although I have to say that she behaves like a puppy.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I love to do yoga and variations like sup yoga: It consists of doing yoga on a paddle-board (a little larger than a surfboard) that is moored to a buoy in the sea. It is very complicated to do all the exercises standing up, but it’s great fun! Over time, you can see that your body is reacting differently, making you more flexible.
What is your favourite cocktail?
My favourite cocktail on the menu is “Bohemian Rhapsody”, because I love to do the “blazer” and I love to drink it. Delicious! Although as a real Italian my perfect cocktail is the “Negroni”, made with Campari, red vermouth and gin. I’d like to tell you that the Campari factory is in my home village, although it was closed many years ago, leaving only the building.
What do you like best at Atelier?
As this is a new project, I feel more and more excited; when I get home I’m still thinking about it, even in the evening, I take a look at our Tripadvisor. I don’t know if it is good to continue to think about your work but I feel excited and above all it is a great satisfaction to see the expressions of recognition on our customers’ faces.
What makes us different at Atelier isn’t just how new our cocktails are, but also the impressive views that you can enjoy from our lounge… they are gorgeous! And above all each one of us who is part of this project… we make a great team!