Harp Pub Guinness / by shane eaton

in famiglia :: voto 9/10 :: €8 per un cocktail, €6 per un primo a pranzo

Il Harp Pub Guinness è uno dei miei locali preferiti a grazie alla famiglia Corbetta: Boss Angelo, moglie Pina, e figli Riccardo e Francesco sono delle persone splendide e offrono un'esperienza perfetta, dalle 7,30 fino alla 1 di notte. Dal caffè di Carmine la mattina, alle piade di Mimmo e i piatti di Francesco a pranzo, ai cocktail di Ricky accompagnati dai piattini del happy hour o piadine magiche di Angelo, non sbagliano mai al Pub. 

A pranzo, vengo al pub almeno 3 volte alla settimana. Adoro la cucina "invernale" dello Chef Francesco. Lui è bravissimo a fare i risotti, il brasato, la polenta e lo stinco. Nonostante la sua bravura a realizzare i classici della cucina del nord, il suo miglior piatto è il pollo al curry. E' assolutamente da provare!

Grazie ai cocktail di Ricky, mi vedrete spesso al Pub per happy hour o dopocena. Provate uno Smoked Mary, un Gin Old Fashioned o qualsiasi drink della lista, aggiornata spesso. Ricky è diventato molto conosciuto per l'Inglorious Mustard (6 cL Barcardi Carta Oro, 1.5 cL  mostarda di frutta Sperlari, 3 cL limone, 1 cL spremuta di pompelmo rosa, 4 foglioline prezzemolo - shake and double strain), la sua versione del daiquiri che ha raggiunto una lista esclusiva dei daiquiri migliori dell'Italia al Casa Mia

Durante il turno serale lavorano le carine bariste/cameriere Giulia e Andrea e il simpatico Luca aka “Sici”, esperto di birre.

Il cuore dell'operazione è Angelo Corbetta, il miglior host che abbia conosciuto in Italia. Anche se lavora 16 ore al giorno, non non si lamenta mai ed è sempre una persona molto solare. Angelo ti fa sentire sempre a casa e nel mio caso, come una parte di una bellissima famiglia. 

 Polenta con zola; salsicce e porcini

Polenta con zola; salsicce e porcini

 Stinco

Stinco

 Pollo al curry

Pollo al curry

 Boulevardier

Boulevardier

 Riccardo e Andrea

Riccardo e Andrea

 Giulia mi prepara un Boulevardier

Giulia mi prepara un Boulevardier

 Sici

Sici

The Boss

 

In my first few years working in Piazza Leonardo da Vinci, I never gave much thought to the Harp Guinness Pub. Every time I passed by it was after work, it was full of older professor types and not exactly my scene. It’s hard to believe that a place I wrote off out of fear of running into physics professors would later became my home away from home.

I first started visiting the Pub about a year ago, after taking on a new job on the west end of campus about 100 meters away from the establishment. I visited the Pub during my lunch breaks and immediately became a fan thanks to the excellent food and surprising number of non-engineering girls. In addition to this winning formula, I also discovered that the staff were very nice. Carmine who works the bar at lunch, was the first person I got to know at the Pub and won me over by calling me biondo (blonde guy). I later found out he calls almost everyone biondo, but he’s still a really nice guy who makes a great cappuccino.

I got to know the rest of the staff in a rather strange way. Being a nerd, and addicted to cell phones and social networks, I checked into the Pub on a daily basis using Foursquare. Upon winning the mayorship of the Pub and hence dethroning Francesco, the youngest son of the Pub family and gifted head chef (at lunch try his risotti, cassoeula, brasato al Barolo or polenta), the family took note, as they always treat their regular customers well. One day Francesco recognized me from my Foursquare picture and then introduced me his older brother Ricky, who usually works the happy hour/after dinner shift as head barman. Ricky is now one of my closest friends and because of his amazing cocktail mixing skills, you are likely to find me every evening at the Pub. Try his Smoked Bloody Mary, Gentleman and Scholar, Smoked Old Fashioned, Martinez, Gin Old Fashioned or anything off his latest drink list. Also working the night shifts are Abigail, a very nice waitress who always has a smile on her face and the very friendly Luca aka “Sici”.

Last but not least is Angelo Corbetta, a.k.a. the Boss, and his lovely wife Pina. Angelo works 16 hour days to make sure everything is working perfectly at the Pub. If you stop by the Pub in the evening, make sure to try one Angelo's piadine – they are likely the best you will find in the city. He also pours an excellent Martini cocktail. Angelo is a much of a friend to me as his son the Drummer. When I found myself without a residence permit and passport this past fall, Angelo put me in touch with several of his friends who helped me solve my complicated bureaucratic issues in Italy. Over the past couple years, the staff at the Pub has become like a second family for me.