Giovanni Zapata

Giovanni Zapata | Bartender Atlas

Who | Giovanni Zapata
Where | Toronto, Canada
Current Bar | Silk Road
Past Bar(s) | The Hearth by Chef Lynn Crawford, The Marriott Banquet Hall/Wedding Bertender
Favourite Spirit | Tequila
Favourite Juice | Cucumber
Favourite Classic Cocktail | Margarita
Favourite Part of the Job | Creating cocktails
Favourite After Work Drink | Single Malt Scotch
Favourite at Home Drink | Artisanal Tequila
Favourite bar in the world | Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop Bar (New Orleans)
Best known for | Smoked Margaritas
Favourite “at work” memory | Serving Wayne Gretzky and reminiscing about working at his resto when I was young.

What do you collect? Tequila and rare wine corks
Favourite thing about your city? Diverse cultural eating lounges
What was the last photo that you took? A picture of BBQ baos and soju for my instagram feed
Where is one place that you have never been but would like to travel to? New York City
Any claims to fame? I worked as a barista for our TIFF annual festival here in Toronto. Lots of stories to tell from George Clooney and Sandra Bullock being shadowed by Metallica when their conference was being held to having a conversation with Benicio del Toro about how he felt as Pablo in Paradise Lost. I’m also proud to say that I’m a Certified Sommelier Under 2 courts (CAPS) in Canada and (CMS) internationally and working on my cicerone certificate

Prosecco or Cava? Xarel-lo, macebeo and Parellada for sure
Angostura or Peychaud’s? I prefer the woodsy madicinal fragrance of Angostura
Singapore or San Francisco? Singapore
Grapefruit or Pineapple? Pineapple

Are you available for freelance gigs? At times yes….
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