When I think of how my grandfather started our business back in 1928, I smile at the thought of him making Italian sausage using a cast iron bathtub and what looked to me like an old cannon situated in the basement of his two-family home in the south end of Hartford. He converted a four-car garage in the back of his home into a store and he was open for business.
With a lot of hard work and perseverance, he proceeded to peddle his sausage to restaurants and pizzerias in the area. His little store was full of imported pastas, oils and of course his sausage. As his sausage business grew, he decided to can his own olive oil. This time, he added a small building that connected his home to his garage and the finished product was his warehouse. I remember walking through this little area packed to the ceiling with merchandise, but the most memorable thing is the smell of the olive oil and the noise of the canning machine.
Now that he had sausage, pasta, and oil, the only thing missing was wine. He was not able to make his own wine, but he could sell the grapes. He proceeded to buy a truck load of grapes, but, where to store them was a problem. His solution was to put a metal roof extension in the front of the garage and closing the sides with heavy canvas tents, which made his driveway look like a circus!