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PrimoGrano Pasta

Very few pasta producers can guarantee the quality of a product as Rustichella d’Abruzzo can vouch for their PrimoGrano selection.

Rustichella d'Abruzzo's PrimoGrano line (primo grano means “first grain" in Italian) was the idea of owner and master pasta maker Gianluigi Peduzzi. Gianluigi wanted to bring back the taste and authenticity of pasta made with 100% Abruzzo-grown wheat—such as the one his grandfather, Gaetano Sergiacomo, used to make at his mill in the town of Penne, at the turn of last century.

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Very few pasta producers can guarantee the quality of a product as Rustichella d’Abruzzo can vouch for their PrimoGrano selection.

100% Abruzzo-grown heirloom wheat

Rustichella d'Abruzzo's PrimoGrano line (primo grano means “first grain" in Italian) was the idea of owner and master pasta maker Gianluigi Peduzzi. Gianluigi wanted to bring back the taste and authenticity of pasta made with 100% Abruzzo-grown wheat—such as the one his grandfather, Gaetano Sergiacomo, used to make at his mill in the town of Penne, at the turn of last century.

Gianluigi sponsored a lengthy research study by the Consiglio Per La Ricerca In Agricoltura E L'Analisi Dell'Economia Agraria (CREA) (Institute for Experimental Grain Research). The result? Three high-protein varieties of heirloom wheat were identified, each tracing back to original clones planted in the Vestini hills of Abruzzo: San Carlo, Varano, and Mongibello.

Every year in November, Gianluigi Peduzzi and a group of 14 farmer friends from the surrounding hills of Pianella plant a total of 148 acres with the selected heirloom varieties. The harvest takes place in early June and is trucked immediately to a state-of-the-art mill near Foggia in Puglia to be ground into semolina.

Single-batch, once a year

This soft, fragrant semolina is used to make several of the same traditional Abruzzo shapes crafted by Gaetano Sergiacomo 100 years ago: long shapes such as Spaghettoni and short shapes such as Penne Rustiche. Rustichella d'Abruzzo PrimoGrano pasta is made in a single batch—only once a year, in early August, and shipped only once a year, in September.

Rustichella d'Abruzzo PrimoGrano is a pasta made for the true pasta lover. Fragrant as freshly baked bread, with a supple and soft texture, this pasta is best enjoyed with very simple olive oil-based sauces, dressed minimally so that one can enjoy the pasta’s unique flavors. The PrimoGrano line's green paper bags are decorated with white sprigs of wheat in celebration of the 100% Abruzzo heirloom grains.

  • = Award Winner
  • = Gluten Free
  • = Food Service or Bulk Available