He was a pioneer and became a collector of people, a missionary and a legend. Berlin’s restaurant history is unimaginable without Massimo Mannozzi. And now, after 49 years in business, the Cavaliere plans to close Bacco, his restaurant on Marburger Strasse in the Charlottenburg district of western Berlin.
The heavy chestnut wood tables, the Tuscan ceiling woven by basket makers, the wrought iron grates, which were brought to Berlin from Italy in two freight cars when the restaurant opened in 1968, and the worn red carpet – he will leave all of this behind. But he does intend to take the 19 guest books bound in worn leather, the pictures from the walls, the notebook containing 30,000 photos of famous people, and the name “Bacco” home to his eponymous hotel in Tuscany.
He isn’t severing all ties, though. He will keep his apartment so that he can return to visit his legacy here. His son Alessandro runs another restaurant, Bocca di Bacco, in the trendy Mitte district, and has turned it into the go-to eatery for Hollywood celebrities visiting Berlin.