Best pick-up line?
My mom told me that life was a deck of cards, so I guess you must be the queen of hearts.
Worst pick-up line?
I lost my vape, can I hit you instead?
Tell me something no one knows about you.
Some people know this, but only close people do. I taught myself English by playing Metal Gear Solid on Play Station 1 while I had a dictionary next to me.
What’s your favorite ND experience or event?
Getting introduced to the service industry.
Have any famous people come to your bar?
Many have but I do remember seeing Tom Green and some dudes from whose line is it anyways—except, of course, I was not working that night. There have also been people from iconic old-school bands who have come in before, but, again, I happen to have the night off those nights. However, the manager for Slipknot came in to get some to-go food while I was working one time. That was cool to know that Slipknot wanted our food though.
What are you afraid of?
Ghosts. I can’t fight them so what am I supposed to do if they were to pose a threat or if they were to just try to troll the living Puertorriqueñoness out of me?
What’s the best thing about bartending?
The insane amount of friends and connections you can make out of it. Not to mention the freedom and creativity you get to deal with. Coming from a creative cartoonish guy like me, it feels like I’m home, no matter the geographical location. The service industry absolutely rocks!
What was the craziest thing you have seen happen in your bar?
Back in the early Mezzaluna days, we had a conga line going around the restaurant and bar right before the midnight brunch was supposed to start, if I remember right. I’ve been here for a decade and do not regret a single second of it!
If you could be anyone else, who would you be and why?
Spider-Man. He is the most humble and down to earth superhero out there. However I do get some Deadpool vibes in me here and there—lets make it a hybrid between those two!
Do you have a hidden talent?
I can absolutely fool people by making bird or cat noises whenever it’s warm around here—nobody will believe it when it’s cold. You should’ve seen me back in Puerto Rico, I used to communicate between blocks with whistles and that’s how it all started.
- 1 1/2 oz of Basil Haydens Red Wine Cask
- 1/2 oz Sour Cherry Liqueur
- 1/2 or 3/4 oz Simple syrup
- 1oz of fresh lemon juice
- Bar spoon of amaro lucano
- 2 dashes of cherry bark vanilla bitters
- Top with Malbec or Côtes du Rhône wine over small rocks in a double old-fashioned glass