Applauded as an artist in the hospitality industry, Jacopo Falleni is well steeped in the facets of his craft. Born in Florence, Italy, he excelled in an intensive curriculum of Hotel and Restaurant Management, graduating with high honors from the Instituto Professionale per I Servizi Alberghieri.
Following graduation, Jacopo continued to live in Tuscany, honing his skills as a manager of some of the most prestigious night clubs in Florence. Jacopo then graduated AIBES, Association of Italian Bartenders and was later invited to become an instructor at that institution. Competitive in nature, Jacopo was a frequent winner of the AIBES Italian Bartending Contest. He received national acclaim as a mixologist and was awarded many Top 50 Choice Awards for his stunning and innovative garnishes. A sampling of his work was featured in a popular book of garnishes, released in 2004.
Never one to settle, and addicted to challenge, Jacopo set his sights on the U.S. “I believe that travel is necessary to acquire culture and knowledge. That is why I jumped on the boat to the United States,” states Falleni.
His first experience outside of his home country started in New York City, where he opened Il Gelatone, the first homemade Italian Gelato Shop in Manhattan. The store became an overnight success and began distributing to New York’s finest groceries and restaurants, including Dean and Deluca.
Heading to the west coast in 2004, Jacopo became the General Manager of Café Fiore in Ventura, California. Three years later, along with business partner Fabio Viviani, Jacopo created Café Firenze which became a local dining sensation and attracted national exposure within its first year of business.
For several years he owned and managed Firenze Osteria, Toluca Lake, California and Café Firenze, Moorpark, California overseeing all restaurant and bar operations. He was constantly polishing the skills of his staff, infusing them with attitudes of warmth, dignity and grace.
Jacopo has co authored the Cafe Firenze cookbook and has appeared in TV shows such as ‘The Real Housewives of Orange County,’ ‘Life after Top Chef,’ in addition to several morning shows. He is the resident mixologist on the podcast ‘Drinking Made Easy,’ with Zane Lamprey. Jacopo creates weekly cocktail recipes and pictures for his website www.jacopofalleni.com and is a contributor to websites such as liquor.com, foodchannel.com and more.
More recently, Jacopo has been working on new restaurant concepts and has bottled his passion of creative specialty cocktails, soon to be on shelves near you.
Jacopo has worked with several brands including but not limited to: Karma Tequila, Amoretti, Don Q Rum, Santa Margherita Wine, Diageo, POM Wonderful.
Reaching beyond his career, Jacopo’s energy extends to soccer, snowboarding, surfing and an ever deepening passion for horseback riding. He has also developed a strong interest in photography and is enjoying incorporating his new hobby into his career. Jacopo welcomes new experiences with enthusiasm; he truly embodies his life motto, “In order to get a good hug, you have to give the first one”.
Falleni currently lives in Moorpark, CA where he spends his time inventing interesting pours of pure love for the sipping pleasure of friends, family and guests.