Corvina Wine Co. in West Allis unveiled a mobile wine bar. Called La Piccola Corvina, or La Petite Corvina, the mobile wine bar is a vintage Italian Piaggio Ape made in the 1970s.
“This is the first of its kind in Wisconsin and we are excited to share it with everyone,” said Corvina co-owner Frank LaSusa. “It’s a project that fascinates us and we are just happy to finally be able to unveil it.
LaSusa and her brother Joe got the inspiration for a mobile wine bar after seeing the vehicles during a visit to Italy.
“In Italy, the vehicles are intended to navigate the small streets there. They’re just buzzing, ”Frank LaSusa said. “This particular vehicle was imported from Italy.”
Frank LaSusa’s wife Roxanne had a vision for a design specific to Corvina.
The vehicle arrived in February and was handed over to Mike Juneau’s Brookfield Buick GMC, who turned it into a mobile wine bar. Corvina unveiled the vehicle to customers earlier this month. It is currently on display on the Corvina patio.
“We have the capacity to dispense wine, beer and craft cocktails,” LaSusa said. “It’s really unique. We can’t wait to share it.
The mobile wine bar will be available exclusively for private events.
The LaSusas operate a wine bar and wine store at the corner of West Lincoln Avenue and South 61st Street in West Allis. The building initially housed a grocery store and a grocery store owned by the brothers’ great-grandfather, Francesco LaSusa, which operated until the late 1970s.
Corvina, which opened in 2011, offers a variety of styles and profiles of wines from around the world. The selection includes over 50 wines by the glass, bottles and wine flights. Corvina also offers cocktails and craft beers, along with a menu that includes cheese and cold cuts and other tapas-style options. To book the mobile wine bar, visit the website or call 414-546-3407.