Taking inspiration from some of Italy’s major train stations and most picturesque gardens, Ritorno bar and al fresco terrace in Chelsea, has created a veritable botanical show-stopper of new summer aperitivo cocktails with one of Italy’s finest aperitivo wines, Cocchi. Head barman Paolo Viola has created the ultimate ‘Grand Tour’ enabling guests to sip their way around Italy’s regional aperitivos, each laced with delicate floral and botanical essences local to the region, finished with a spritz of atomised scent, all for £13 each.
From the Japanese gardens of Firenze to the wild roses boarding the river Po in Modena, each cocktail symbolises the flavours and flowers of Italy. With every cocktail purchased, a train ticket will be given, enabling guests to take a voyage of their senses through sight, scent and taste.
In addition, you will be able to see the work of award-winning floral designer Ricky Paul Flowers, to create a phenomenal floral installation on the terrace. Seeking inspiration from Chelsea in Bloom 2017 ‘Floral Safari’ theme, Ricky Paul will be transforming this corner to a stunning Serengeti scene. The spectacular floral display will feature a magnificent 3.5meter giraffe, made of around 3000 flowers and plants.
Grand Central Italia will launch on Monday 22nd of May, to coincide with the Chelsea Flower Show, and run until September 2017.