A new Bottega Prosecco Bar and Café opened earlier this month in the departure lounge of London Stansted Airport. The wine bar format, created by Bottega in 2014, will allow passengers at this London airport to taste still and sparkling wines. Each wine can be paired with traditional Venetian and Italian food specialities, including a range of sharing platters. These include tagliere di affettati, an Italian cured meats board, tagliere di formaggi, an Italian cheese board and tagliere di salmone scozzese, a Scottish smoked salmon board. The bar will also serve speciality coffee and bakery products.
Cicheti and Prosecco
The concept of the Bottega Prosecco Bar is inspired by the philosophy of the Venetian bacaro (an informal osteria), where food is presented in the form of “cicheti” (appetisers to be eaten at the counter), or as substantial dishes served at the table. The combination with Prosecco and other Italian wines contributes to this.
For Bottega Prosecco Bars, this philosophy can and will be duplicated anywhere in the world beyond the confines of Venice.
“The opening of this Prosecco Bar has been an ambition for some time”, said Sandro Bottega, President of Bottega S.p.A. “Our wine bar format is of particular interest in the UK, where the Bottega brand is recognised as a leader in the Prosecco and sparkling wine market.”
Coffee and breakfast
Over the past two years, the Prosecco Bar offer has been expanded to include coffee and breakfast products, signature cocktails, organic wines and liqueurs and, more recently, alcohol-free sparkling wines. Prior to Covid, London Stansted Airport served approximately 28 million passengers annually. The new bar will be operated by SSP UK, an operator of food and beverage outlets in travel locations.
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