Financial Times (FT) journalist Janan Ganesh had the opportunity to please his taste buds and ears enjoying an exquisite meal while interviewing one of the best managers in World Football.
Few months before starting his new adventure in front of another elite club, Italian manager Carlo Ancelotti went to London meeting with Ganesh who described the encounter on the section Lunch with the FT.
It seems that they had a great time and actually I also had it reading the result of the talking.
Babbo (daddy in Italian) is a London Mayfair's restaurant whose name fits perfectly for a man that have led so many stars while coaching five clubs in four very different leagues, leaving his mark for sure, not without slipping his affection for players like Cristiano Ronaldo and Gianluigi Buffon, picked by Ancelotti's good eye. Ancelotti commented on this topic with "I found him at 17 in the Parma academy”.
A bottle of a £29 (retail) Guidalberto, a tuscan wine, washed down memories and stories that we can "pair" with their selection from the menu.
A roasted octopus, the burrata, and the restaurant's own melanzane served well while Ancelotti remembered learning from Arrigo Sacchi's revolutionary way to play, his first coaching experiences with Reggiana and Parma and of course his move to Turin to coach Juventus. A portion of spinach and some fried zucchinis were other selections to blend with the names of Seedorf, Pirlo, Kaká, Van Basten, Ibrahimović and Rui Costa serving the scene for the main course.
A taglioni lobster scored on the table this time, but winning his third Champions League, La Décima for Real Madrid, has been one of Ancelotti's great achievements. One of those that leaves you a special after taste like the coffee and Sambuca that they had to end the encounter.
Munich will put another menu over Ancelotti's table and in the mean time, people are going to find out if Bayern with the Italian in charge have kept their taste on the pitch.