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  • August | 2014 | Bar Italia
    and soon to him joining the cast of Romanzo criminale playing a monosyllabic enigmatic thug character in a powerful portrait of a mafiosi community directed by Michele Placido In 2006 he acted in The Black Arrow a TV series broadcast by Canale 5 adapted from the novel by Robert Louis Stevenson and took on four new film roles Mio fratello è figlio unico 2007 directed by Daniele Luchetti based on the novel Il Fasciocomunista by Antonio Pennacchi Scamarcio won a David di Donatello nomination for Best Supporting Actor for this work He also played in Manuale d amore Capitoli successivi 2007 directed by Giovanni Veronesi Ho voglia di te 2007 directed by Luis Prieto and Go Go Tales 2007 directed by Abel Ferrara In 2007 he began work on Colpo d occhio 2008 directed by Sergio Rubini and Italians 2009 a comedy directed by Giovanni Veronesi and Il grande sogno 2009 set in Italy in 1968 directed by Michele Placido Eden à l Ouest directed by Costa Gavras saw Scamarcio playing an illegal immigrant cum innocent abroad L uomo nero 2009 directed by Sergio Rubini co starred Scamarcio s partner Italian Greek actress Valeria Golino who plays his sister La meglio gioventù 2003 dir Marco Tullio Giodana Ora o mai più 2003 dir Lucio Pellegrini Le mani in faccia 2003 dir Daniele Basilia Tre metri sopra il cielo 2004 dir Luca Lucini L odore del sangue 2004 dir Mario Martoni L uomo perfetto 2005 dir Luca Lucini Texas 2005 dir Fausto Paravidino Romanzo Criminale 2005 dir Michele Placido Manuale d amore Capitoli successivi 2007 dir Giovanni Veronesi Ho voglia di te 2007 dir Luis Prieto Mio fratello è figlio unico 2007 dir Daniele Luchetti Go Go Tales 2007 dir Abel Ferrara Hide the Salami 2007 Prova a volare 2007 dir Lorenzo Cicconi Massi Colpo d occhio 2007 dir Sergio Rubini Italians 2009 dir Giovanni Veronesi Eden à l Ouest 2009 dir Constantin Costa Gavras Il Grand Sogno 2009 dir Michele Placido L Uomo Nero 2009 dir Sergio Rubini in production La Prima Linea 2009 dir Renato De Maria Pericle Il Nero 2009 dir Abel Ferrara 11 Minutes 2010 dir Hany Abu Assad started production June 2009 Mine vaganti 2010 dir Ferzan Özpetek Polisse 2011 dir Maiwenn Le Besco Manuale d amore 3 2011 dir Giovanni Veronesi City of Man 2011 dir Renato De Maria in development 1 To Rome with Love 2012 dir Woody Allen Il Rosso e il Blu 2012 dir Giuseppe Piccioni Effie 2013 The Third Person 2013 Pasolini 2014 Untitled John Wells project 2015 Posted in News Tagged Riccardo Scamarcio bar italia frith street soho london Leave a reply Congratulations to all who took part in Ride London last Sunday Posted on August 13 2014 by admin Reply Great to see so many of you chose to wear Bar Italia cycling kit for the Ride London event last weekend like Stephen Forryan featured here in his BI cycling cap Thanks for the photo Stephen Salut to you

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  • July | 2014 | Bar Italia
    well set to deliver Matteo Trentin to the line for a second stage win on this year s Tour but it was Kristoff who emerged from their slipstream to take the win I have been dreaming about this since I was a small child and to finally achieve it is nice said Kristoff There will be champagne but Friday is a hard stage so there cannot be too much party Cannondale s Sagan who is yet to win a Tour stage in 2014 finished second for the fourth time he has eight top five finishes from 12 stages to extend his lead in the green points jersey standings to 150 over Bryan Coquard of Europcar Posted in News Tagged tour de France Bar Italia Frith Street nibali Leave a reply Stage 12 of the 2014 Tour de France report from the BBC Posted on July 18 2014 by admin Reply Tour de France 2014 Alexander Kristoff wins stage 12 Norway s Alexander Kristoff won a sprint finish to claim victory in the 185 5km stage 12 of the Tour de France from Bourg en Bresse to Saint Etienne The Katusha rider emerged from the pack to win his first Tour stage a yard ahead of Slovakian Peter Sagan with French champion Arnaud Demare third The top of the general classification leaderboard remained unchanged Astana s Vincenzo Nibali retained the yellow jersey two minutes 23 seconds ahead of Team Sky s Richie Porte Thursday was a day on conserving energy for the riders looking to win the Tour de France with two tough days in the Alpine mountains coming up this weekend Rob Hayles BBC Sport commentator Sagan can only blame his legs which perhaps goes to show he has lost a little bit but take nothing away from Kristoff who finished that perfectly I think Sagan is missing a bit of top end Had he ridden in a more conservative way earlier in the Tour he may have won a stage He desperately wants one and he should be winning them Today he did everything right but just didn t have the legs The last two days have been anything but easy and suddenly it s got hot it s just nice to get through these stages and into the mountains on Friday said Australian Porte who took over as Team Sky s race leader after Britain s defending champion Chris Froome crashed out on stage five It s not an easy two days coming up I think it s going to be absolutely crucial for the general classification so I m looking forward to taking more time on the guys behind me There were four categorised climbs for the riders to negotiate on stage 12 but none were difficult enough to completely split the peloton although a group of five riders were allowed to break clear early on and set up a lead of five minutes However their advantage began to diminish after Team NetApp Endura s David de

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  • June | 2014 | Bar Italia
    the business going These were hard times for the family but by sheer hard work the business prospered even during the dark days of the blitz These were difficult days for all Italians in London who were often victimised They had to stick together and make the best of it Thankfully the cafe in Covent Garden was never targeted After the War Lou and Caterina found an opportunity to open a coffee bar in Soho and Bar Italia was opened in the winter of 1949 Good coffee was hard to find in post war London and Bar Italia was a success from the start playing an important role in the Italian community It was a place where they could meet and be among their own Many waiters who had time on their hands between shifts would meet other paisani there At the Bar they could catch up on news from Italy from those who had recently arrived in the UK The Bar was also a place where they could find work Often highly skilled artisans found employment through a word of mouth network Ice men played a huge part in the running of so many successful restaurants and cafes as well as knife grinders and stonecutters Every one had a skill everyone was a professional The stone floor you see in Bar Italia today was laid by our uncle Torino Polledri who was terrazzo mosaic specialist The floor to this day contributes to the ambience of Bar Italia and just think of the millions of people who have walked over that floor for the past sixty five years and yet it is still in excellent condition His technique was similar to that of the ancient Romans and some of their floors have lasted over two thousand years Antony Luigi and Veronica Polledri Posted in News Tagged bar italia july 6th 2014 street party soho frith street greta ormond street Leave a reply The Station from Stuart Gray Posted on June 18 2014 by admin Reply Stuart says This is a novel set in London and featuring Bar Italia since that s where we all migrate to on the job The Station takes the reader through a single shift at a busy emergency ambulance station in London As the story unfolds the reader is given a glimpse of the world of the Paramedic There is humour fear and sadness mixed into a tragic sub story that suddenly leaps out of the pages to shock the reader back into reality The Station is not quite what you think it is http www amazon co uk Station Stuart Gray ebook dp B008219M8K ref sr 1 1 ie UTF8 qid 1402910083 sr 8 1 keywords the station stuart gray Posted in News Tagged bar italia paramedic book frith street soho Leave a reply Book now for Italy versus Costa Rica on Friday June 20th Posted on June 16 2014 by admin Reply The World Cup at Bar Italia We were fully booked at Bar Italia and Little Italy on Saturday and we expect the same for the Costa Rica game on Friday If you are coming please call first to reserve especially at Little Italy This video will explain more Posted in News Tagged bar italia world cup brazil frith street soho Leave a reply Do anything on Saturday night Posted on June 15 2014 by admin Reply Well not sure about you but we didn t do a lot last night Just had some friends round and had a quiet night in really Thanks to Marta at HMDigiart for the photos Til the next game Forza Italia Posted in News Tagged bar italia world cup brazil frith street soho Leave a reply A new book by a Bar Italia regular Paul Dodd Posted on June 13 2014 by admin Reply Paul Dodd illustrator and Bar Italia regular and Stuart Gray writer have both been London paramedics for many years and have produced an e book available on Kindle and Kindle APP Their book is titled 101 dumb emergency calls which is all about the ridiculous calls received by all the emergency services The book is produced with humour in mind but there is also a serious aspect and readers will see what some people call the emergency services for therefor potentially putting other peoples lives at risk The guys will also be making a donation from our book sales to the benevolent funds of the emergency services Good luck with it chaps from all at Bar Italia http www amazon co uk s ref nb sb ss i 0 7 url search alias 3Daps field keywords 101 dumb emergency calls sprefix 101 dum 2Caps 2C254 Posted in News Tagged bar italia 101 dumb emergency calls frith street soho Leave a reply As the current Time Out says there is only one place to watch Italy vs England Posted on June 11 2014 by admin Reply class size full wp image 4473 The Only Place You Wanna Be The current issue of Time Out London examines the best places to watch the forthcoming World Cup For the Italian games you KNOW there is only one to go Posted in News Tagged bar italia world cup brazil frith street soho time out Leave a reply Countdown to Saturday has begun Posted on June 9 2014 by admin Reply NOT LONG NOW We will be showing the game in both Bar Italia and next door at our restaurant Little Italy We have had a loads of enquiries already so we know it is going to be very busy come kick off time at 11pm UK time For more information please call us Bar Italia 020 7437 4520 Little Italy 020 7734 4737 We re ready Posted in News Tagged bar italia world cup brazil frith street soho Leave a reply More details of our Bar Italia Day on Sunday July 6th Posted on June 6 2014 by admin Reply The only place you wanna be on

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  • May | 2014 | Bar Italia
    of Robinson Chalapud Colombia Nathan Haas Garmin Sharp Winner Anacona Lampre Merida Bjorn Thurau Europcar and Nicola Boem Bardiani CSF Even when Bouhanni was isolated in the final dash for the line he held his nerve He fought elbow to elbow with Mezgec and profited from the Giant Shimano s leadout In a scrappy sprint and with some of the world s best sprinters missing Bouhanni took full advantage A long ride north The 211km stage provided the perfect tonic after yesterday s difficulties The peloton bruised and bandaged started in Frosinone a little lighter with the Katusha trio of Joaquim Rodriguez Giampaolo Caruso and Angel Vicioso among those that had quit the race The weather conditions were relatively better although there were sporadic early showers But after the stage began the break formed quickly to settle both pace and nerves The five riders none of whom where real threats to Matthews GC lead established a buffer close to nine minutes but Orica GreenEdge keen to keep the maglia rosa for one last day kept tabs as the race moved north The conditions improved throughout the day and although the break still held a five minute lead on the one and only climb of the day the Valico della Somma the clever work from Orica GreenEdge ensured that the sprinters teams would help them The Australian team did just enough to keep the break within touching distance and at the summit of the climb the teams of the pure sprinters were given a choice work immediately and compete for the win or hesitate and see your last chance of a victory until at least Tuesday slip away Trek Factory Racing Giant Shimano Cannondale and even Lotto Belisol all duly stepped up and began to eat into the break s lead Kilometre after kilometre ticked down and with each one the break began to show signs of fatigue and frustration Gesticulation gave way to desperation as the break began to attack one another Their lead had held at three minutes with 20km to go but by the time the peloton moved into the final five kilometres the five ahead only had a matter of seconds There was a scare when Francisco José Ventoso Movistar crashed but the Spaniard was quickly sitting up as up ahead Bouhanni steadied himself for his second win and the lead in the points jersey His contract expires at the end of the season but he should hold off agreeing a deal with a team until his Giro is complete He could win several more stages before the race ends in Trieste on June 1 Posted in News Tagged giro d Italia stage seven bar italia soho frith street Leave a reply Stage Six of Giro d Italia 2014 Posted on May 16 2014 by admin Reply Michael Matthews won the second longest stage of this year s Giro d Italia on Thursday after the Orica GreenEdge rider stayed out of trouble at the business end of the 257 kilometre ride from Sassano to Montecassino before outsprinting Tim Wellens Lotto Belisol and compatriot Cadel Evans BMC Racing The stage win was the biggest of the Aussie s careerand saw the 23 year old extend his lead in the general classification to 21sec after starting the day in the maglia rosa the leader s pink jersey with a lead of 14sec In a race that has already seen numerous crashes wreak havoc including Ireland s Dan Martin Garmin Sharp having to withdraw following his fall on the opening day in Belfast Thursday s stage was once again overshadowed by a nasty crash that saw Giampaolo Caruso taken off to hospital while his Katusha team mate Rodríguez lost 7min 43sec on Evans on the day Rodríguez the world No 1 rider for the past two seasons and one of the pre race favourites was later seen nursing his shoulder following his fall and it remains doubtful whether the Spaniard will make the starting line on Friday Team Sky s Ben Swift the sole Briton in the race finished in last place Posted in News Tagged Giro d Italia stage six bar italia soho frith street Leave a reply Interview with Antony Polledri by Jason Holmes of The Huffington Post Posted on May 16 2014 by admin Reply The Soul of Soho Bar Italia Turns 65 I do worry about the family run businesses who are struggling with the rising rents says Antony Polledri pictured owner of Bar Italia in London s Soho They re clinging on by the skin of their teeth and with the coming of Crossrail the impact in Soho will be massive Small businesses will be chased out It s only a question of time We look out onto a busy Frith Street from Bar Italia the Soho grotto that is 65 years old this year and which keeps safe the city s sacred heart But this is no time for retirement Opened in 1949 by Antony s grandparents Lou and Caterina Polledri natives of Piacenza in Emilia Romagna who met and fell in love in London today the bar is an idyll in a concrete jungle corroded by a vacuous modernity You can still turn the corner into Frith Street from Shaftesbury Avenue and find a place where the world is at peace with itself Bar Italia is a jewel set in the rusted London crown It s the fruit of immigrant toil a place that makes a laughing stock of Farage and his followers My grandmother was a strong woman and decided that she and my grandfather should open another café says Antony They d already opened a greasy spoon on Langley Court in Covent Garden that catered to the fruit and veg market They were used to hustle and bustle The story starts when Lou and Caterina borrowed fifty pounds from a West End iceman ice being an important Italian trade in the West End in those pre refrigerator days and opened the bar at 22 Frith Street with Bud Abbott and Lou Costello on hand to help serve drinks It s original incarnation was as a social centre for waiters and waitresses This quarter of Soho was predominantly Italian full of artisans so the bar was a social hub for Italians wanting to stay in touch with the old country It was also a place where you could find employment The Bar Italia that Londoners have come to know hasn t changed since 49 The coffee remains tip top the calm of the bar a place for reflection and sustenance The original terrazzo floor laid by Antony s great uncle Torino Polledri buckles gently from the door to the back wall with a Roman permanence a stage trod by millions Bar Italia always allowed pop stars and actors to have time to themselves Antony tells me No one bothered them here Whether you were David Bowie or Sade you could walk into Bar Italia and be in a slice of Italy As kids Antony and his younger brother Luigi were introduced to the bar on weekends by their father Nino The vibe here was very different from the suburbs of Finchley We d look after people s fruit stalls while the owners would nip round the corner to the bookies We d help count the bar s fruit machine money And Bar Italia itself always with the door shut to keep out the cold was thick with woodbine and cigar smoke Everybody wanted to be a tough guy in the 1970s because you had to live on your wits Getting into business was difficult So big cigars were the fashion My brother and I gained an insight into how business was done Antony tells a story of how he and Luigi once witnessed how a workman on Frith Street had his hand cut off with a meat cleaver by a couple of gentlemen keen on old style retribution But those days are long gone mean streets giving way to a café society Nowadays the nearest you ll get to such an experience is when you hand over a fiver for a pint in a Soho pub In the 1980s there was a clampdown on sex shops in Soho and as a result more cafés appeared Soho went from being a black and white scene to one of colour It was a place that stayed open later with the café society and nightclubs like The Wag And the music industry came here The bar occupies a special place in the hearts of many With the likes of Evander Holyfield Francis Ford Coppola and Paul McCartney making a beeline for the bar when in London Macca often orders coffee at the bar before walking to his office on Soho Square the priceless cachet the bar has acquired means film deals are cut here amid the lovers eccentrics and artists Tony nods The 1990s was a time when businesses first opened on an industrial level Before it had been strictly family run businesses in a village atmosphere But to my dismay the chain coffee shops opened up which meant we had to acquire a night café licence A lucrative night time economy in the heart of Theatreland and Clubland saw people coming through the bar s door We had to work harder and smarter and we still do says Antony The irony is you still have to live on your wits in Soho But for anyone who has slugged an espresso under the cool of the ceiling fan and the even cooler gaze of Rocco Marchegiano the surrounding Soho streets growing more sanitised and duller by the month we know in our hearts that if Bar Italia falls London shall fall And if London falls Photo by Andy Fallon http www huffingtonpost co uk jason holmes bar italia soho 65 b 5321514 html Posted in News Tagged bar italia the huffington post frith street soho Leave a reply Stage Five Giro d Italia Result Posted on May 15 2014 by admin Reply Ben Swift described as bull the decision to hold a sprint finish even though the rest of the fourth stage of the Giro d Italia had been neutralised owing to unsafe conditions The Team Sky rider Great Britain s sole representative in the race was furious that the sprinters were exposed while the peloton did not race the vast majority of the 112 kilometre route from Giovinazzo to Bari after torrential rain left the roads slippery That s bull the 26 year old wrote on Twitter Why do all the sprinters have to risk it and not the GC guys Thanks With Kittel Giant Shimano the winner of stages two and three in Belfast and Dublin having withdrawn with a fever a major blow for the Giro organisers Swift became the new leader of the points classification In theory his chances of stage victory greatly improved too However the rain as bad as anything seen in Northern Ireland or Ireland last week led to a rider protest the decision eventually taken after much discussion with the race commissaires to begin racing only on the final lap of the 8km finishing circuit With no time bonuses on offer at the finish that meant only the teams with sprint ambitions bothered to contest the result Team Sky were one of those teams but both Swift and Chris Sutton were sent skidding in the final two kilometres The roads were like ice out there but fortunately all our riders were OK said Team Sky s sports director Dario Cioni CJ Sutton and Swifty have a few scrapes but nothing serious at all and they ll be good to go again tomorrow Frenchman Nacer Bouhanni FDJ fr won the stage ahead of Giacomo Nizzolo Trek Factory Racing and Tom Veelers Giant Shimano while Australian Michael Matthews Orica GreenEdge retained the race leader s pink jersey Bouhanni said I thought that I would never get back onto the peloton but the team did very well to get me back on In the final straight I had to give everything and fortunately I won Matthews defended the decision not to race arguing that the roads in Italy were completely different from Ireland Ireland is a country where it always rains and the roads are used to the changing conditions he said It s a long tour and we all need to stay safe out there One of the pre race favourites BMC Racing s Cadel Evans added on Twitter Thanks for understanding and anticipating the conditions giroditalia Sorry but if we can t stay on our bikes we can t race goodsense Kittel told his team s official website I am very disappointed about leaving the Giro after such a strong start in good condition but I do not feel healthy and I am not in the position to start the race in this condition I want to thank my team for their support these past few days and wish them the best of luck for the rest of the race Giro d Italia details Stage four Giovinazzo Bari 112km 1 Nacer Bouhanni Fra FDJ two hours 22 minutes six seconds 2 Giacomo Nizzolo Ita Trek Factory Racing s t 3 Tom Veelers Hol Giant Shimano s t 4 Roberto Ferrari Ita Lampre Merida s t 5 Elia Viviani Ita Cannondale s t 6 Matteo Montaguti Ita Ag2r La Mondiale s t 7 Kenny De Haes Bel Lotto Belisol s t 8 Luka Mezgec Slo Giant Shimano s t 9 Bert De Backer Bel Giant Shimano s t 10 Francesco Chicchi Ita Neri Sottoli Yellow Fluo s t General classification 1 Michael Matthews Aus Orica GreenEdge 12hrs 28min 43secs 2 Alessandro Petacchi Ita Omega Pharma Quick Step 8sec 3 Daniel Oss Ita BMC Racing 10sec 4 Luke Durbridge Aus Orica GreenEdge 14sec 5 Ivan Santaromita Ita Orica GreenEdge s t 6 Svein Tuft Can Orica GreenEdge s t 7 Pieter Weening Hol Orica GreenEdge s t 8 Rigoberto Uran Col Omega Pharma Quick Step 19sec 9 Pieter Serry Bel Omega Pharma Quick Step s t 10 Serge Pauwels Bel Omega Pharma Quick Step s t Posted in News Tagged Giro d Italia stage five bar italia soho frith street Leave a reply Soggy Giro d Italia Stage Four Posted on May 14 2014 by admin Reply The Giro d Italia was wet in Ireland but on the race s return to home soil the initial Italian stage in Bari proved a damp squib with a rider protest over racing conditions causing most of the city centre finish circuits to be neutralised and the rain causing a series of pile ups in a chaotic finish in which the Frenchman Nacer Bouhanni took the first Grand Tour stage of his career To add to a sense of anticlimax the race started without Marcel Kittel the winner of the first two stages in Ireland after the German pulled out just before the start of the stage because of illness The symptoms began apparently after his win in Dublin on Sunday where his extreme effort left him prostrate after the finish Yesterday Monday morning he said that he felt better but this morning at breakfast he had the same complaints and after a few check ups with our team physician we saw that the fever had deteriorated said his Giant Shimano coach Mark Reef Kittel s withdrawal will leave the sprint finishes in the rest of the Giro wide open but hopefully without the lottery element that marred Bari s big day Bouhanni runner up on day one in Belfast was the first beneficiary and indeed took advantage of a Giant lead out train that should have been pulling Kittel The stage finish was not the major issue on the race s first visit to Bari since 1990 what mattered most was the protest over the eight laps of a 8 25km circuit in the town which made up half the 112km stage It was really slippery everyone had a chat and decided to neutralise the race said the Australian Mike Matthews who retained the race lead Ireland was different here it doesn t rain very much so the cities aren t used to it It was the safest thing to do When rain falls on urban roads the accumulated oil from motor vehicles makes them particularly slippery but in southern Italy this is exacerbated by the fact that roads can go months without being rained on to wash away the pollutants The argument runs that a circuit race such as the one in Bari can thus be more dangerous compared to a normal stage on country roads This is not the first time the Giro has been disrupted In 2009 the riders refused to compete on an urban circuit in Milan that had been intended to be the showpiece of the centenary race and last year snow led to stages being amended in the final week In Bari the decision was taken to take the times for the stage at the bell so that the overall contenders did not have to risk their necks in the sprint and the day s time bonuses were also cancelled The upshot was that the riders did not pick up speed until about 35km from the finish The roads looked to have dried out but rain fell on the final lap causing the entire Cannondale lead out train to slide off on one bend on the next it was the turn of Sky to go down meaning Ben Swift who had started the stage in the red jersey of points leader was unable to contest the finish Three members of Giant Bouhanni and a handful of others were the only ones left at the front and even they ended up taking the last corners at walking pace The 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  • April | 2014 | Bar Italia
    Lure of Soho published by Art Books in association with the John Deakin Archive and The Photographers Gallery http thephotographersgallery org uk john deakin and the lure of soho Posted in News Tagged Bar Italia frith street john deakin soho photographers gallery Leave a reply Golden Day The Bar Italia painting Posted on April 22 2014 by admin Reply The story behind Golden Day by artist Ed Gray Posted in News Tagged Bar Italia ed bray golden day frith street soho london Leave a reply Happy Easter to You All Posted on April 17 2014 by admin Reply Posted in News Leave a reply Happy Easter to You All Posted on April 17 2014 by admin Reply EASTER TIME WE ARE OPEN ALL OVER EASTER NORMAL OPENING HOURS Posted in Uncategorized Tagged Bar Italia Easter soho frith street Leave a reply Welcome to Jocks and Nerds magazine Posted on April 16 2014 by admin Reply Ant and PH chew the fat It was lovely to welcome writer Paolo Hewitt to Bar Italia yesterday to interview Antony Polledri about the history of the Bar and the forthcoming 65th Anniversary celebrations for the magazine Jocks and Nerds We re told the film will be up on the J Ns site very soon and we ll also post that on our various social media platforms http www jocksandnerds com Posted in Story Tagged Bar Italia frith street soho london jocks and nerds Leave a reply Colomba and Easter Eggs now in Bar Italia Posted on April 14 2014 by admin Reply Egg Xiting innit With Easter just around the corner we are delighted to announce that we have a full range of La Colomba and Easter Eggs available in Bar Italia Just ask to see what is on offer next time you are in Happy Easter Posted in News Tagged Bar Italia Easter soho frith street Leave a reply Welcome to the new breed of Bar Italia customer Babycinno anyone Posted on April 11 2014 by admin Reply It s always good to see the young enjoy the delights of Bar Italia and we noticed this young lady by the name of Bunny we know even that is perfect for this time of year enjoying her babycinno on a recent visit to 22 Frith Street There was no chance of getting her to turn around for a better photo she was enjoying her drink too much God bless the young especially Bella Bunny http en wikipedia org wiki Babycino Posted in News Tagged Bar Italia frith street soho london young babycinno Leave a reply 65th Birthday Special Celebrations announcement soon Posted on April 9 2014 by admin Reply We are in talks to have a special Bar Italia Fun Day this Summer to celebrate our 65th birthday The date will be announced and you will be the first to hear it Stay tuned Posted in News Tagged bar Italia frith street soho london 65th celebrations Leave a reply London s Best Independent Coffee

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  • March | 2014 | Bar Italia
    and that s the only time it has left Bar Italia since 1969 It was a scene where we were all dancing in the streets When Francis Ford Coppola later came to Bar Italia he and Anthony did not discuss cinema careers but food and coffee Coppola s mother s maiden name is Italia and the director requested some Bar Italia coffee cups to take her as a present As a way of thanking me he said he would bring me back a bottle of wine from his vineyards Three weeks later true to his word he came back offered me a bottle of wine and told me to drink it with my family which I did it was fantastic The Polledris own wine making traditions are equally precious We get grapes sent from Italy every year and we still make it the old fashioned way by treading on them It s a tradition we have kept for four generations We do it at my father s house in Mill Hill in north London We don t sell it it s personal It s part of our heritage Heritage is all important at Bar Italia too Antony and Luigi 43 may have improved ventilation at the once smoky café but the rest of their changes have been minimal giving it an authenticity that draws all those who love Italian style I love that they haven t modernised it so you can feel the history as you sit down at the Formica bench and walk on the tiled floor says Mark Baxter a veteran of the Mod scene The guys behind the counter Dinny and Luca always greet me with a cheery How you doing as they pour me my cappuccino A Bar Italia scooter club meets at the café ahead of Bank Holiday runs down to the coast Groups of superbike and Harley Davidson riders have also designated it as their base But more than anything it is known as a magnet for followers of the Azzurri the Italian national football team It s where any second or third generation Italian wants to be when Italy is playing football and the highlights of my 27 years running Bar Italia have been seeing Italy win the World Cup says Antony For the 1982 final we didn t have the large screen we had a television And unfortunately halfway through the game because of the heat and condensation and lack of ventilation it broke down I swear to God that all the Italians started screaming at me like I d switched it off Thankfully a TV was found next door and we plugged in the aerial and they flooded back After the game there was a parade of Fiats and Lancias and people with flags sitting on the car roofs parading around Frith Street and Soho When Italy repeated the feat in 2006 Bar Italia attracted an estimated 8 000 people to Soho We had a party upstairs in our Little Italy restaurant next door to Bar Italia and threw all the pasta out the window like confetti It was hilarious The chef came in the next day and there was nothing left These days the café is run mostly by Antony and Luigi s sister Veronica 39 Antony says the English clientele have become as knowledgeable about coffee as Italians and are unlikely to make such a faux pas as to ask for a cappuccino at dinner time tempting though that might be According to the coffee expert Louie Salvoni Bar Italia s cappuccino is the finest in London combining one third espresso Mr Angelucci s secret blend one third milk not too hot and one third foam and served in a curved Bar Italia china cup so the coffee rises to the surface as the drink is brought to the lips And that ancient Gaggia machine is still giving loyal service We don t put water softener on it so it needs constant maintenance complains Antony The limescale that builds inside the boiler needs chiselling away every six months which takes three or four hours so we try to do it during the night Aside from the Gaggia the Rocky picture and the Italian tricolore hanging from the ceiling Bar Italia is known for its clock mounted outside the café and visible from the end of the street It only tells the time correctly twice a day We should get it fixed for the 60th anniversary says Antony who hopes to produce some Paul Smith designed commemorative clothing and stage a street festival to mark the date For all his nostalgia Antony Polledri is fearful for the future He regrets that the Italian presence in Soho is on the wane there s a bigger Italian community in Bedford now and worries that traditional concerns such as Bar Italia may not be able to withstand competition from bigger rivals Yet it has not been driven out by the rise of those anonymous coffee chains yet and no doubt its loyal customers will drink enough coffee to ensure it s still thriving in another 60 years time http www independent co uk life style food and drink features a celebration of the daily grind bar italia marks its 60th anniversary 1757289 html Posted in News Tagged Bar Italia The Independent 2009 Ian Burrell Leave a reply For The Love Of Mod Posted on March 26 2014 by admin Reply We love having a strong Mod following at Bar Italia and of course the Bar Italia Scooter Club operates out of here So we would like to wish Emma Rose Dias nothing but the best with her forthcoming documentary For The Love Of Mod trailer below Posted in News Tagged Bar Italia frith street mods soho emma rose dias Leave a reply The V A require assistance you say Time for the Bar Italia Scooter Club Posted on March 24 2014 by admin Reply We re all looking forward to the Glamour of

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  • February | 2014 | Bar Italia
    and Caterina Polledri acquired the coffee bar which has remained in the possession of the Polledri family ever since It has become one of the best known landmarks in Soho and still remains the most famous coffee bar in London And possibly renowned throughout the world Following on from the continued success of the Bar Italia the Polledri family decided to expand their interests and open an authentic Italian restaurant in Frith Street together with partners Claudio Camera and Pietro Veccera The current building was converted and in November 1995 Little Italy opened for business building on its loyal customer base from the Bar Italia the restaurant was a great success providing dining and dancing until 3am Monday to Saturday Little Italy was renovated in time for Christmas 2005 with an extra floor and room for a further 120 places This was increased to 330 when further adjoining buildings became available and after an ambitious and bold refurbishment the restaurant as you see it today was again reopened in November 2007 A cocktail bar lounge and private dining room were added Needless to say the entire restaurant has been completely transformed as can be seen on this website The bar at the Little Italy restaurant Over the past fourteen years and after two massive refurbishment programmes Little Italy has become even more popular http www littleitalysoho co uk about1 html Posted in News Tagged little italy frith street soho valentines day night Leave a reply The History of Frith Street Posted on February 10 2014 by admin Reply The History of Frith Street Frith Street is in the Soho area of London England To the north is Soho Square and to the south is Shaftesbury Avenue The street crosses Old Compton Street Bateman Street and Romilly Street Frith Street was built in the years around 1680 and was apparently named after a wealthy builder named Richard Frith In the 18th and early 19th centuries many artistic and literary people came to live in Soho and several of them settled in this street The painter John Alexander Gresse was here in 1784 the year of his death John Horne Tooke philologist and politician lived here in about 1804 John Constable lived here 1810 11 John Bell the sculptor in 1832 33 and William Hazlitt wrote his last essays while he was lodging at No 6 Frith Street prior to his death there in 1830 The lithographic artist Alfred Concanen had a studio at No 12 for many years Samuel Romilly the legal reformer was born at No 18 in 1757 and the young Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart lodged at No 20 with his father and sister in 1764 65 In 1816 the actor William Charles Macready was living at No 64 and over a hundred years later from 1924 to 1926 John Logie Baird lived at No 22 where on 26 January 1926 he demonstrated television to members of the Royal Institution In 1989 Frith Street Gallery was founded here originally occupying

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  • January | 2014 | Bar Italia
    finest in the city A short walk leads us to the Baths of Emperor Diocletian This building more than any other save the Pantheon gives one an idea of the magnificence of Ancient Rome The building was converted into a church by Michelangelo and has thereby survived intact The wealth of wonderful buildings in this part of Rome is bewildering and the remainder of this walk takes us to some of the best 5 minutes walk from the baths is the church of Santa Maria Vittoria containing the Cornaro Chapel the masterpiece of Bernini His sculpture of St Theresa in Ecstasy is a miracle in stone Further down the road Bernini s architectural rival Francesco Borromini built one of the smallest and yet most remarkable churches in the whole city The Church of San Carlino alle Quattro Fontane a piece of architecture so daring and so dynamic that it amazes all visitors Finally we arrive at another masterpiece this time by Bernini the church of San Andrea Quirinale This small ovular church is the quintessence of baroque The Quirinale Palace is opposite the church and is the palace of the President of Italy From here we make our way back to the Hotel Sunday 2nd March 2014 In the morning we will visit the Capitoline Museum on the Campidoglio or Capitoline hill the symbolic heart of the City This magnificent museum housed in a building designed by Michelangelo contains some of the most emblematic of ancient roman artefacts Foremost amongst these are the famous Etruscan bronze she wolf with figures of Romulus and Remus the equestrian statue of Emperor Marcus Aurelius and the Dying Gaul Afternoon walking tour of Central Rome which will include the famous Trevi Fountain the incomparable Pantheon and the wonderful Piazza Navona Monday 3rd March 2014 In the morning we will be collected from our hotel by a bus which will drive us out to visit one of the catacombs on the Via Appia just outside the walls of the ancient city This will also take us along the Via Appia Antica the oldest and most famous of all the Ancient Roman Roads Driving back we pass the church of the Domine Quo Vadis and the massive Baths of Caracalla We will also pass by the Aurelian walls near the Pyramid of Cestius Then return to the centre for lunch and an afternoon free at leisure This evening we will celebrate our visit with a farewell dinner Tuesday 4th March 2014 Visit the tomb of Augustus and Ara Pacis museum before crossing the river to visit the Castel Saint Angelo Built as the tomb to the Emperor Hadrian it was subsequently a fortress prison and museum The views from the rooftop are arguably the best in Rome Afternoon transfer back to the airport for your flight back to the UK For more information please contact Nick Equinox Travel on Tel 44 0 207 7259673 Mobile 44 0 7775710412 Posted in News Tagged bar italia rome frith street equinox travel soho Leave a reply Yes mate what can I get you Posted on January 24 2014 by admin Reply Posted in News Tagged Bar Italia frith street soho london paul weller Leave a reply We love an old photo of Frith Street Posted on January 22 2014 by admin Reply And this an absolute belter We give you Frith Street and Bar Italia in 1963 Posted in News Tagged bar italia frith street soho london 1963 Leave a reply Love our coffee Take a bag home with you Posted on January 20 2014 by admin Reply We Love The Smell of Coffee in the morning We often get told that our coffee is the best in London and we take a lot of pride from statements like that We get our secret blend from the Angelucci family and have done so for many many years We would like to remind you that you can buy bags of the ground coffee instore for 10 00 a bag just ask our Barista s and they will be very happy to help you or on line at the link below http www baritaliasoho co uk products page Posted in News Tagged bar italia frith street soho london west end ground coffee Leave a reply New table tops for a new year Posted on January 17 2014 by admin Reply With 2014 now in fill swing we have started to replace the vinyl on our outside tables Our good friend Phil from Karma Creative spent Wednesday afternoon doing just that They now look nice and fresh and all we want now is some lovely weather to sit outside in Don t hold your breath Posted in News Tagged bar italia frith street soho london west end table tops Leave a reply Hardy Amies celebrate Bar Italia Posted on January 15 2014 by admin Reply We were delighted to welcome the good people at Hardy Amies into the Bar late last year for a photoshoot Some of the result of that is now on line Read On ABC OF LONDON 22 NOVEMBER 2013 B IS FOR BAR ITALIA Being an institution is not easy There is a great danger of turning into a frozen slice of heritage marooned as the world moves on But there are some institutions that manage to remain vibrant and vital while still celebrating their history Take Bar Italia on Frith Street one of the few fixed points in an ever evolving Soho which was opened in 1949 by Luigi and Caterina Polledri Although the original decor remains more or less intact right down to the tiled floor and the picture of Rocky Marciano actually a late addition circa 1969 behind the bar the Italians and the Maltese that used it as a social club back then have moved on Yet the bar which is still open 22 hours a day there is a quick breather from 5am to 7am has remained a key component of the contemporary

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