A few weeks ago, I wandered into the Heinen's in Brecksville and came across an interesting label in the Italian wine section. A quick read on the back mentioned the region of Campobasso. I had never heard of wine from that area. It turns out that the grapes for this wonderful bottle came from the hillsides near the town of Carovilli. A picture of the tiny Italian town, about 120 miles east of Rome, hangs on the wall in my cousin's kitchen. I had to try a bottle of this $12.99 Abballe' rosso! And pronto!

So many Carovillese immigrated to Akron in the 1930s and 1940s that a club was founded on Cuyahoga Falls Avenue on North Hill. It is Akron's oldest active Italian club, pushing 95 years. The wine is a blend of 80 percent montepulciano and 20 percent aglianico grapes. I have found the montepulciano varietal to be extremely food-friendly. After picking up a bottle of wine, I filled up a container of Heinen's tiny olive mix.

I zipped home and whipped up a batch of my quick sauce, boiled some pasta, and topped the dish off with a handful of chopped arugula and fresh Locatelli cheese. (If you must use jar sauce, for goodness sake use the authentic cheese from DeVitis.) Better yet, stop in at the Carovillese Club on a Tuesday night for an $8 bowl of its famous pasta. Buy a bottle of Abballe' at the bar ($15), and share it with a few paisanos.

Buy this wine at Heinen's Brecksville and Hudson, Mustard Seed Market Montrose and Highland Square, DeVitis Italian Market, Papa Joe's, and at the Carovillese Club.

— Phil Masturzo