Heloise and Bellinis by Harry Cipriani



Whether you believe it or not, there actually was a Harry's Bar in Beirut in the year 2000. The owner was Harry Cipriani, and he was the son of Giuseppe, who was the son of Arrigo, who was the son of another Giuseppe, who had married fifteen times and with what he got from his divorces could have lived in the lap of luxury for six generations. But not Giuseppe: he invested his whole fortune in bars around the world. He put one of his sons in each of them. That way nobody could ever say the bar wasn't an authentic Harry's. The funny thing was that all seemed to be the spitting image of their great-grandfather Giuseppe, who founded the first Harry's Bar, the one in Venice. 

- from the Intermezzo between Chapters Six & Seven.

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