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This Kansas City Couple Is Delivering The Bubs Straight From Italy

When Katie Currid came back from Vicenza, Italy, she brought Prosecco with her -- in the form of a  Prosecco truck.
Andrea Tudhope
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KCUR 89.3
When Katie Currid came back from Vicenza, Italy, she brought Prosecco with her -- in the form of a Prosecco truck.

When Katie Currid and her husband Tyler Jackson returned from four years in Vicenza, Italy, they came with two new babies in tow — one, their son Fox, and the other, though not a real baby per se, the bones of a new business venture.

A Prosecco truck. Like a food truck for bubbles. A way to deliver the bubs any time of day, in true European fashion.

"It was so cheap to drink wine in Italy. Like you would go to the grocery store and sometimes it was cheaper to drink wine than it was to drink water. So we drank wine," Currid laughed.

And it was over wine that the idea originally came to her. She wanted to bring a Piaggio Ape back to the states. 

The Italian farm vehicle is designed like a Vespa scooter, with one tiny wheel in the front, but functions as a truck, with a truck bed built over two rear wheels. Hence the head-scratching. 

"I swear the first time I saw it was like two large men and a dog in this tiny, tiny truck," she said.

After extensive research, and running from military office to embassy to other random government buildings and back again — all while seven months pregnant — Currid finally got the go-ahead for that special shipment of a tiny Piaggio Ape. Signed, sealed and delivered all the way to Liberty, Missouri.

All they needed was a name. 

"When our son was born in Italy, in the hospital they kept calling him Patatino," she said.

The suffix "ino" means little in Italian. That's how Jackson came up with the idea: Fizzolino

For the past year, they’ve rented it out as a mobile bartending service. There are three taps.

"We fill it with sangria a lot. We're doing like apple cider now because it's getting into fall. We can do like a flavored lemonade, and we do a lot of local beer, like Boulevard Wheat or KC Dunkel," Currid said. 

But there’s always one tap for Prosecco.

"You have it with cheese, you have it with pasta, you have it all the time," she said.

Even for dessert. 

"We just wanted to bring a piece of that back with us because we love Kansas City and we loved Italy and we just wanted to find a way to marry those two lifestyles," she said.

Andrea Tudhope is a reporter at KCUR 89.3. Email her at andreat@kcur.org, and follow her on Twitter @andreatudhope

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Andrea Tudhope is a freelance reporter for KCUR, and an associate producer for Central Standard. She covers everything from sexual assault and homicide, to domestic violence and race relations. In 2012, Andrea spent a year editing, conducting interviews and analyzing data for the Colorado Springs Gazette series "Other Than Honorable," which exposed widespread mistreatment of wounded combat veterans. The series, written by investigative reporter Dave Philipps, won a Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting in 2014. Since graduating from Colorado College in 2013 with a degree in Comparative Literature and Philosophy, her work has appeared in The Huffington Post and The Colorado Independent. She is currently working on a book based on field research and interviews she conducted in Dublin, Ireland in 2012.