The Tasting Panel magazine

JUNE 2011

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Ascension The APEROL CONTINUES TO BE THE DARLING OF THE MIX SET of an Aperitivo T he narrow, well-lit Bar Toscana could have turned out to be just an adjunct to its popular next-door eatery, Toscana. It could have served as a waiting area for the throngs of high- profile Westside VIPs who frequent or live in the tony Brentwood community of Los Angeles. Only so many politicians, celebri- ties, sports personalities and entertain- ment execs can fit into the corner Italian restaurant that has spanned almost two decades of more-than-decent business. But Bar Toscana turned into something more: a fashion-forward Milan-inspired watering hole where William Perbellini, the young man armed with a black belt in mixology, has made a name for himself in Los Angeles. Mentored by one of the country’s great bar chefs and spirits educators, Francesco Bar Manager/Mixologist William Perbellini focuses on the Speziate and the Aperol Spritz while Bar Toscana Manager Sauro Mosti looks on. Toscana and Bar Toscana General Manager Francesco Greco and THE TASTING PANEL’s Editor-in-Chief, Anthony Dias Blue, enjoy The Palazzo. Poured over an ice rock and served in a rocks glass, it combines Aperol with pisco, grapefruit juice, grapefruit bitters and Luxardo Maraschino liqueur. 106 / the tasting panel / june 201 1 PHOTO: MERIDITH MAY PHOTO: MERIDITH MAY

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