The history

The "Ai Quattro Venti" locality, where the enoteca was built, is a very magical and full of history place. The Forum Iulii-Ad Undecium, the ancient roman road walked through by Julius Caesar that connected the two villages of Cividale del Friuli and Gradisca d'Isonzo, used to passed right by here. Nowadays, the road track coincides with the actual State Road n.356. In the past, another ancient road used to link the "Quattro Venti" crossroad to an important street of the Roman Empire heading to the Norico: the Via Julia Augusta, the current road to Dolegnano-Manzano.

During the ancient roman era, this crossroad also represented a very important "trustee point” or “agrarian planning term". In fact, there are several location names derived from the word


quattro” (four); such as "Quattro strade” (Four Roads) – meaning indeed “crossroad”.
There is plenty of examples spread all over Friuli Venezia Giulia region, such as “Quadrivium”, the actual town of Codroipo, or the “Quater Casis” in Spilimbergo.

The Quattro Venti locality appears for the first time in 1440 in Giovanni Battista Corgnoli’s "Friuli’s

location names catalogue": we can therefore definitely affirm that Quattro Venti is one of the oldest meeting points of the eastern part of Friuli and of the Collio hilly area.
The actual trattoria opened in 1894, when Francesco D'Osualdo (named “Scior Checo”) and his wife Amalia Venier (named “Sciore Malie”) transformed the old store in a food catering place for travelers. Thanks to the cooking skills of Sciore Malie and Scior Checo's wine knowledge, the restaurant became soon a must for gourmets.

The former border between the Austro-Hungarian Empire and the Kingdom of Italy, defined by the Treaty of Vienna on 3 October 1866, was located a few hundred meters far from the Trattoria ai Quattro Venti. It was right there, near the bridge over the Judrio river, that in the WWI the first shot between Italy and the Austro-Hungary Empire was fired. A monument commemorates this event.

Due to its proximity to the front line, the winehouse got destroyed. After the war, it was rebuilt by the military engineering corps and it restarted its activity led by Domenico (said Meni), who had returned safe and sound from the front. In 1920 Meni married Grinovero Maria (said Sciore Marie).

Sciore Marie's personality further improved the good management of the trattoria, which is still remembered for its genuine cuisine and the good wine.