Tell us about Cipriani’s history
How was the company founded?
Hemingway was one of the 20th century’s most important writers. He lived through the short century from the Cuban seas to the cafés of Venice. From the lagoon to the court of the Chinese emperors, from Marco Polo to Peggy Guggenheim. Venice has always been a cosmopolitan city with deep roots. Over the centuries it fell and rose up again by always taking on challenges as an opportunity. Today’s global crisis calls for a change of perspective, where mankind, just as in Hemingway’s novels, goes back to being at the centre of the balance. Contact with nature, healthy food, resilient cities. Everything goes back to giving a meaning to what’s important, to encounters, sharing and beauty. This is the context where Cipriani Food’s world developed. The precepts of luxury go back to the frequencies of simplicity and minimalism – as in the case of Harry’s Bar.
The evenings of Hemingway and Gianni Agnelli, Bellini and Carpaccio. This spirit of familiarity, various tender moments, journeys of the heart, languid glances, softly spoken words made a piece of Venice’s history. It was the 13 of May 1931 when Giuseppe Cipriani first opened the doors of his venue, still unaware of the significance and importance that this simple café would have over the years.