Gianluca Amato

Barman with more than 25 years of experience, Gianluca grew up in neighbourhood bars around Rome and then moved on to 5-star service in refined settings. He was part of the dream team of the Stravinskji Bar of the Hotel de Russie in Rome; award-winning as best bar in Italy for several years, until it received the “Virtuoso tour operator of Las Vegas” award for the most innovative Cocktail Martini menu of the year.

After Rome, he moved to Taormina where he worked as bar manager, then it was the turn of Armani in Milan, and Eden Roc Unico Relais and Chateaux in Puntacana. Afterwards, he returned to Italy to work alongside the kitchen master Heinz Beck.

In 2017 he worked at the inauguration of a famous 1920s speak easy-style venue in the center of Rome.
One of the latest experiences in the Luxury sector takes place in Capri, at the Tiberio Palace Hotel where Gianluca draws inspiration for his cocktail dedicated to Pablo Neruda.

What cocktail would you take to a desert island?


Which character, either past or present, you would you like to drink one of your cocktails and which one?

James Bond, il Dry Martini

A funny and bizarre anecdote that happened to you behind the counter

Two guests, never seen before, came to the counter for an aperitif asking me for a Bloody Mary.
I offered him a Habanero, it was a quiet evening in May. I remember that the two guests had been directed to have an aperitif at the Stravinsky Bar in 2013. We said goodbye and then after about 4 months they invited me to their wedding to prepare the Habanero for all the guests. It was a successful evening.

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