Dario Comini is an energy force. One to be reckoned with at that. If you can picture the kind of man it would take to run a bar built on a willy-wonka-esque mindset combined with knowledge of multiple culinary fields and mix in the rambunctiousness of a 2 year old with the smile of a child making new friends…you would begin to have a picture of the experience that was the workshop that I took with Signore Comini.
I am still wondering how I managed to stay in my seat. Each cocktail presented to us entailed a new explanation, thought process and theatrical production. We began with a cocktail that paid tribute to a television series named Dexter. One I was both familiar with and fond of. The Halloween loving child in me squealed with delight (not so quietly, I might add) when she realized that latex gloves had to be worn, a medical bag had to be sliced open and a miniature pocket knife would serve as a souvenir post drinking.
The cocktail was scrumptious. Dario Comini, the self-proclaimed bar-chef, has a respect for the past and the future in such a way that they balance perfectly to create cocktails that become experiences not just because they are a little on the quirky side but also because they are delicious. From flambé techniques to aroma perception discussions, the workshop was a whirlwind of information. There was even an absinthe pill compared to an aerated absinthe cocktail which was created with an aquarium pump…As I mentioned before…it was madness!
Dario Comini is a man of big hand gestures, a quick wit and a passion that is hard not to fall prey to. He also does one heck of a bubble impression. His workshop was the best possible way for me to finish off the workshop portion of my visit at Salone del Gusto. I would take another class with him without a second thought and hope to enjoy an evening in his establishment if I am ever in Milan. I ended my last class with a smile on my face, a spring in my step (in part due to the alcohol I am sure) and brain neurons in a heated cocktail discussion. Thank you Dario Comini.