Minneapolis cocktail wizard makes 'Forbes 30 Under 30' list

You can taste Marco Zappia's life-changing creations at Martina and Colita.
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Twin Cities drinks extraordinaire Marco Zappia has been named in Forbes Magazine's "30 Under 30" list.

Zappia is the beverage director at arguably the hottest restaurant and cocktail spot in the Twin Cities right now, Martina in Linden Hills, and his rising star is not going unnoticed by the famous magazine.

He moved back to his hometown of Minneapolis in November last year to help start the Argentinian-Italian inspired Martina alongside chef Daniel Del Prado, and has since brought his cocktail creations over to their second restaurant, the Mexican restaurant Colita at Penn and 54th.

"As beverage director, he has created a bar program which is one of the most inventive in the country," Forbes writes of the 26 year old in its "30 Under 30 – Food and Drink" section.

"Shirking industry norms, he refuses to use branded liquor at his bar because he doesn't want to be beholden to big alcohol companies," it continues, highlighting Martina's use of house-made liquors and mixers.

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Forbes notes how Zappia has also proven a canny entrepreneur, opening some 32 bars all as a partner at consulting firm Bittercube.

Despite his relatively youth, he's been on the Twin Cities culinary map for several years.  CityPages named him their bartender of the year in 2014 when he was working at Eat Street Social.

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