Following Speed Rack LA, I wanted something to counter-act all the sweet drinks and punches I had. I headed straight to Library Bar where one of LA’s best bartenders, Matt Biancaniello was working. Matty B had his usual assortment of fresh produce on the bar. He shops at as many as 5 different farmers’ markets a week to get everything he needs. And he’s a huge fan of passionfruit. There was an enormous bowl of ’em at the bar causing my bar buddy to exclaim she wanted something passionfruit.
Matt quizzed her to see what else she liked. He came up with a gin, Campari and passionfruit cocktail which she loved. I liked it but I wanted something with Cynar and was looking for a more bitter drink.
Perhaps I need coffee? We went with a Cynar and coffee cocktail with shaved white truffles on top. I felt instantly better and more alive.
For the level of detail, fresh ingredients and true hospitality, Matt’s drinks are worth every pretty penny.
Table 20 announces Matt Biancaniello as LA’s Best Bartender (2010)
7000 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028 – 323-466-7000
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