Rachel Bonnewell is the co-founder and general ‘boss lady’ at Rosalia’s. Born and raised in the US, Rachel moved to Amsterdam in 1998 while on an exchange program through her university. While studying architecture in Delft she discovered the joys of the hospitality industry. In 2005 she joined her partner, Pepijn, to run the inn located above the bar. In the years that followed she developed a passion for the many aspects involved in running a successful hospitality business.
Pepijn van Beusekom is the co-founder and main foodie at Rosalia’s Menagerie. Pepijn is a native Amsterdammer, born and raised in the canals of Amsterdam. He started cooking at a young age with his father and started working at a local restaurant in his teens. In culinary school and the restaurant he honed his skills in French and Italian cuisines. After working in a couple of Amsterdam restaurants and studying International Economics he decided it was time to break out on his own. In 2004 he opened his own place and in 2017 co-founded Rosalia’s Menagerie.
Head-bartender, Alessandro Rancan, originally from Italy, started his bartending career in Australia, moving on to bloom in Canada, and fully refining his skills in the Netherlands. His background in marketing and sales helped him to elevate his talents in fine dining restaurants and high volume cocktail bars. He now runs the bar program at Rosalia's Menagerie in Amsterdam and is a co-owner of the co-operative Groovy Fluids Lab. Since he joined Rosalia's Menagerie he won 'World Class Bartender of the Year 2022' in the Netherlands and will go on to compete at the global finals in Sydney. You can find Alessandro with a whisk(e)y neat on occasion, but he truly loves to connect over a dry martini.
Emilyfay Buzzo, responsible for the seasonal menu design & production.
Alessandro Dessi has started his career in hospitality as barista in Italy 'Turi' but he wanted to expand his knowledge and skills in spirit and cocktails, so he traveled to London in 2012 to start a new experience as bartender. since then his love for cocktails has grown more and more, working in high quality and volume hotels and cocktails bar taking part of small internal competition winning two of them. He felt there was still something missing in his carrier so he decided to move to Amsterdam in 2022 to explore new bars and techniques. His favourite cocktail: Old Fashioned 🥃
“One of my favorite bars in Amsterdam."
“Great place. Everything revolves around flavour, the virgin cocktails are as delicious as the ones with alcohol. The creativity of the team really brings the place to life - a menagerie of wonderful stories and sensory experience.”
“A haven, a sanctuary, a jewel in the midst of the beautiful craziness of gay pride in Amsterdam- cannot recommend this place highly enough. Fantastic friendly and knowledgeable staff, and a great atmosphere whether it's quiet or busy.”
“Awesome bar. Exquisite interior. Firstclass cocktails....and highgrade service in a cool mix of buddy & british-butler. Had a really good time with you, guys!”