Si racconta che sull’Appennino emiliano, in particolare nel territorio compreso tra i fiumi Secchia e Panaro, viva un leggendario animale a tutti noto come il Foionco.
The Foionco is a very special animal: it looks like a nocturnal bird of prey but has 3 legs, a hooked beak and a ruffled tuft of feathers on its head. He is an incurable chicken thief and lazier than a dormouse (it seems that he mates only by taking advantage of the shocking earthquakes). But the most curious peculiarity of this strange predator is (hear, hear!) Its unbridled passion for… Lambrusco wine!
During the night it would abandon the boar where it has its shelter on the Apennines and, slowly, glide over the hill and then over the plain between Reggio Emilia and Modena, in search of the fattest hens and the best Lambrusco. There are many who swear they saw it fluttering around between the two provinces in front of the entrance to some tavern. Someone has even tried to demonstrate, with an experiment, the existence of the legendary Foionco, leaving a bottle of Lambrusco outside the door every evening.
It never happened that the next morning the wine was still out the door!