Dejected and disillusioned about his family, Filippo returned to London and in 1764 he opened a shop selling imported Italian wares including wine and olive oil. He named the shop Martini & Company to avoid incurring a reputation as merely a shopkeeper, since he still didn’t know what the future would hold. While he had decided not to pursue medicine anymore, he felt he had simply fallen into business and wanted to stay open to other opportunities as they arose.
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