Vincenzo Marianella of Providence
5955 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90038
Born in Italy, Vincenzo Marianella moved to America in 1999. His love for traveling led him to live in New York, London and now Los Angeles. His extensive resume shows that he has worked and studied the ways and styles of bars and restaurants such as Valentino in L.A., 7 MOMA in New York, Smollensky’s in London and now at Providence in L.A. But it was the trip down to Australia where Vincenzo discovered that the “cocktail world” was more than just a couple dozen classic drinks and a few modern cocktails. He attended the Australian Bartending Academy in Sydney and worked a few private events there.
Vincenzo had a desire to learn as much as possible about the craft of tending bar. He started studying and collecting both old and new cocktail books. He attended the Dimensione Bar Freestyle Team Association School in Cerviniano Del Friuli in Italy before heading to London. He was sure that with his knowledge and experience in Europe, America and Australia, working in England would be a walk in the park.
Arriving in London, it didn’t take long for Vincenzo to understand that to become a real mixologist, he had to learn a lot more. London wasn’t a walk in the park at all, but it was the right place to be. He got a job at Smollensky’s on the Strand in the heart of the city and one of London’s most reputable cocktail bars. Under the supervision of an amazing general manager who supported a great team of professional bartenders. Marianella started to develop and understand the craft of mixing drinks. Vincenzo went around London checking out popular cocktail bars such as LAB, The Player, Match Bar and AKA. Becoming friends with some of the new rising stars of the bar scene such as Berry Chalmers and Milo Rodriguez made his passion become even stronger. He also had the chance to go and observe Salvatore Calabrese, at the Library Bar, who is his mentor and considered to be one of the best bartenders in the world.
When Vincenzo returned to Los Angeles, he worked at Valentino, which is one of the finest Italian restaurants in the country known for their vast wine selection. He spent months looking for the right place to work. It seemed as if such a place did not exist. He was tired of using pre-mixes for cocktails and serving poor quality drinks.
At the first informal interview with Donato Poto, owner of Providence and former manger of Bastide, Vincenzo told him everything he believed what an ideal bar would be for him. In less than one week, he had his second interview with Donato and Michael Cimarusti, co-owner of Providence and former head chef at The Water Grill. He realized that they all shared the same idea of what quality and customer service really was.
After gaining the trust from Poto and Cimarusti, Los Angeles Magazine recognized Vincenzo Marianella for having the best summer cocktail of 2005 – the “Rhode Island Red”.