|Harry’s Bar was opened in 1931 by Giuseppe Cipriani with help from the American Harry Pickering. The tales goes that Cipriani loaned Pickering 10.000 lire and in return he gave Cipriani 50.000 lire 2 years later with the words: “Here’s the money. And to show you my appreciation, here’s 40.000 more, enough to open a bar. We will call it Harry’s Bar.” The bar had from the beginning an American identity, and many celebrities visited the bar where several trademark dishes and drinks were invented. The international orientation coursed the Cipriani family severe trouble during the fascist rule in Italy, where the name of the bar was changed to Bar Arrigo.
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