The history of our wine bar
Yesterday… it was in 1924 when Mr. Olindo Faccioli decided to start a winery under the Asinelli tower. It wasn’t really a shop, but a long narrow corridor and you had to enter frome one side and exit by the other one, directly on Porta Ravegnana Square.
People went there to drink a good glass of wine, that often could be chosen only between a “white” and a “red” one, but absolutely of a good quality. Then, if you were hungry, you had to get in again from the main door and queue once more.
Ten years later, in 1934, the podestà of Bologna at the time ordered the clearing out of the pub; Mr. Olindo had not many chances and he had to decide where to move the pub.
He didn’t like via Rizzoli, despite the importance of the road even at that time, so he chose via Altabella, a quiet and secluded street close to the previous location. There was a tower that was high (Alta) and fine (Bella), and for these reasons later it gave the name to the road.
Those were hard times… Mr. Olindo used to work in the pub during the day and to sleep there during the night, in the back of the shop, to avoid unpleasant surprises in the morning…
Nevertheless, at that time, inns represented the center of social life in Bologna.
In fact, people went there to chat, to drink a good glass of wine or to play cards. Then, there were only male customers, because women attending pubs were regarded as not respectable by public opinion.
Many years later, Olindo’s son, Fiorenzo, and his wife, Marina, continued his tradition in a determined manner, enriching their proposal with always perfect and tasty Bolognese dishes.
Later, their son Carlo took over the management of the wine bar, as a skilled sommelier who preserved his parents’ tradition: in the pub he conserved the Liberty style furniture, round solid wood tables, Thonet benches and chairs, wood shelves full of precious bottles and, above all, a counter with the same Veronese marble surface that his grandfather had chosen in order to replace the old one, made of tin, a precious material used, at that time, to produce shotguns and cannons to defend homeland from enemies.