Just the sight of Bevi e Vivi motoring onto the scene sets the tone for an old-world European soiree. Its name meaning “drink and live” in Italian and outfitted with five taps pouring beverages for all tastes, the 1991 three-wheel ivory Piaggio Ape is the culmination of owner Alessandra Pallozzi’s three passions: “my love for Italian hospitality, appreciation for my family’s roots, and passion for mixing up the perfect cocktail.”
“My father was born and raised in Italy, and my summers growing up were spent exploring the Italian coastline with my parents and brother,” continues Pallozzi, who fondly remembers spotting Piaggio Apes – compact vehicles that double as mobile market stalls – filling the narrow cobblestone streets, driven by kindly old men selling everything from fresh fruit and flowers to loaves of bread. “My brother and I always joked that we’d have one someday, and last year, my husband and I decided to make that dream a reality. Bevi e Vivi brings everyone along for the ride to experience Pescara, Italy the way we did growing up.” Another nod to family, “Vivi” is short for Viviana, the name of
the Pallozzis’ daughter.
With Pallozzi and husband Andrew at the helm – and her brother Lucio Andreozzi capturing dreamy images and compiling old family photos of their jaunts in a transportive mood board of all things Italy on their Instagram page – Bevi e Vivi adds luxury and intrigue to cocktail parties and wedding receptions. Their coverage area spans Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Massachusetts, and most venues are fair game: “Our truck is small enough to fit into any space with double doors – and it’s a
great photo op!”
Whether you’re into sipping prosecco, beer, seltzers, cocktails, coffee, or any bevvy in between, what’s on tap is totally up to you. “If it can be kegged, it can be served!” says Pallozzi, though she’s always happy to bring her bartending wisdom to menu design. “I thrive on a good theme. Just give me a few details about your event and I’ll be sure to come up with a fun and creative cocktail or mocktail.”
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