When Bay State native Nick Mucci, 28, decided to launch his own company, Mucci Imports, and bring in small-producer Italian wines, he imagined he’d have a few adventures along the way. But he never expected to be chased out of an inn by a burly restaurant owner wielding a salami.
Mucci and his girlfriend, Kelsey, were living and working in Rome, and looking to have lunch with a wine producer in Modena, they hopped on a train and arrived at a restaurant the producer had suggested. The owner appeared displeased that they arrived after the lunch hour. “What are you doing? What are you thinking?,” he bellowed, waving a whole sausage above his own head. It turned out he was joking with the American visitors and invited them in for what Mucci describes as one of the memorable meals of his life. The bottles of lambrusco they drank that day — fizzy, dry reds from nearby Cantina della Volta — were just as remarkable.