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Feb 2, 2014 06:39 AM

Pasta Factory Tour?

Heading back to Italy (Le Marche & Benevento areas this time) as we do every year, and wondered if anyone had any great suggestions on touring a pasta factory and/or buying pasta tools? I'm assuming that Gragnano is the place to look (i.e. La Fabbrica della Pasta di Gragnano). Aside from that one spot I've found, any other places you could recommend? I'd love to see a fresh pasta place!

Grazie a voi!

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    For fresh pasta, it is so much a homemade thing you should be able to find any number of people to show you how to make fresh pasta in le Marche. For example

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    1. re: kmzed

      Thanks for such a quick reply and a great recommendation! I think I might need to specify a bit more what we're looking for.

      We've done several fresh pasta-making classes and have done the Bologna visits/tours, but now we're interested in seeing how it's done on a larger scale/at a bigger operation. And, though this is outside the visitor-to-Italy norm, we'd love to see how dried pasta is made. More than for our own edification, we really want to be able to explain to our customers (we own a restaurant here in the States where I make fresh handmade pasta on a daily basis) the differences between small- and large-scale operations, dried and fresh pasta, and the regionally specific shapes/ways of making pasta.

      As for pasta tools, we've got quite an assortment already - ravioli forms, the pettine and ferro, a chitarra, a couple corzetti stamps, etc. - but would love to find places to purchase more (of the above) or different types (antiques...). We know the places to purchase pasta tools are out there, but boy are they hard to find!

      Thanks again for any information you can give us!

      1. re: obraustin

        I gave you those links stories about Fara San Marinto because, if you want large scale pasta making, I think it doesn't get much larger scale than the 3 pasta making factories in Fara San Martino, especially if you've already seen Barilla in Emilia-Romagna. The brands with factories in Fara San Martino are very familiar to purchasers of quality pasta in America -- De Cecco, Delverde and Cocco.

        I think all the factories are open for tours and I am pretty you won't be alone if you go.

        1. re: kmzed

          Thanks, kmzed. I'll save these links for review for our next trip, which will likely include a stay in Abruzzo!

        2. re: obraustin

          Every tried ordering pasta tools online and having them delivered to an address in Italy?

          1. re: kmzed

            Interesting! This site is fabulous! We usually order from Fantes here in the US, but if we have enough forethought to order from Taglia Pasta and have items delivered to friends in Tuscany, this could work out well! Thanks for the recommendation!

      2. I have organized groups in the past for tours of the family-owned La Romagna pasta factory in Foligno, Umbria - specializing in fresh and dried egg pastas - fun to see!

        1. Pasta Rummo, an excellent commercial producer, is based in Benevento; its website may offer info on tours. Ciccarelli is a well-regarded regional producer in Montecassino, Le Marche. Here's Rumo.

          1. In Carla Capalbo's book of Naples and Campania (highly recommended, along with Luciano Pignataro;s webite for info in this area), she mentions a couple of places in Gragnano - she recommends calling ahead if you want to see how the pasta is made in addition to buying:
            Pastai Gragnanesi. a cooperative operation which took over a bullding in which pasta had been made since 1840
            and Pastaficio Faella, on Piazza San Leone
            Gerada di Nola in Castellammare di Stabia
            Cooperative Arte e Pasta in Boscoreale (nr Pompeii) -

            Im eager to hear a report back on visits in these areas

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            1. re: jen kalb

              I'd also recommend Pastificio deMartino in Gragnano: superb producer.

              1. re: jen kalb

                Thanks for posting this obraustin, I was about to do the same myself! I will go with jenkalb recommendation since I will be in Naples. I am venturing that way in April/May and would love to see a dried pasta factory, I will try to contact these places and get ahold of that book.

                1. re: alexistristin

                  Your post and some of the comments of others is an indication that pasta factory sightseeing isn't really outside the norm for tourists in Italy, and not just confined to special interest groups like Chowhound. I think a stop at a pasta factory has been a staple of organized coach tours for years, but food tourism is now so popular in Italy, I would almost expect to end up part of a group if I booked a tour of a pasta factory. Out of the tourist norm increasingly seems to be choosing an art or history museum over a food focus.

                  1. re: alexistristin

                    We're heading to Italy on March 20th, so we'll post an update upon our return. Hopefully have some good recs/advice for you, alexistristin.

                    As for Carla Capalbo's book, we bought it last year (on jen kalb's recommendation!) when we were heading to the area and it served us very well. (Do you think I thought to look there for help with our question in this thread, though? No! Will dig it out tonight...)

                    1. re: obraustin

                      looking forward to hearing about your trip! Not so many reports on this region (apart from Positano and Naples pizza!)

                      1. re: obraustin

                        Have a wonderful trip, I will look for future posts from you. As someone who has cooked professionally for years with dried and fresh pasta, I am a firm believer in the beauty of dried pasta so I am looking forward to seeing it made on a larger scale then what I have seen from smaller producers here in the US.

                  2. I believe pastificio dei campi is open for visits. Not too big, still good quality.