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Rustichella d'Abruzzo

Gaetano's daughter, Nicolina Sergiacomo Peduzzi, was born in Penne and grew up in an environment abundant with baking, cooking and pasta making. In 1981, with her husband Piero Peduzzi, she decided to revive the orginal whole wheat pasta that Gaetano had made. 

Soon, Nicolina’s adult children Gianluigi and Stefania Peduzzi joined the business, heralding a new era for the little known pastificio (pasta factory). With the vision of Gianluigi, Rustichella d’Abruzzo began to create a greater variety of pasta shapes within a small-batch production of durum wheat semolina pasta.

In the late 1980's, Gianluigi introduced their whole wheat penne pasta to Dean & Deluca in New York City, their first U.S. customer. After a few years, the assortment of shapes and sizes produced in the small family pastificio grew to what is today one of the most extensive artisanal pasta and product lines available in Italy

Today, Rustichella d’Abruzzo pasta is still made with the finest quality grains, blended with pure mountain spring water, extruded through bronze dies and slowly air-dried for a rustic texture that holds sauce beautifully.

Nicolina, as the matriarch of the Peduzzi family, prepares some of the most delicious pasta meals we have ever tasted—and she shares with great joy her recipes. At the family house, over heaping plates of spaghetti, information and stories are shared and business decisions are made.

Nicolina is the keeper of her father's small-production, artisanal core values, which run deep in the hearts of the family. Their high level of integrity, professionalism and passion for quality will carry on well into the future—mostly because of those incredible meals and moments the family shares every day at the table.

Tour the Rustichella d'Abruzzo Pasta Factory:


  • Street: 20 Piazza Vestini
  • Postcode: 65019
  • City: Pianella
  • State: Pescara (PE)


  • Telephone: +39-085-971-308
  • Fax: +39-085-972-521
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The Peduzzi family then.
The Peduzzi family now.
Founder of Manicaretti Rolando and Gianluigi Peduzzi
The small hilltown of Penne in Abruzzo.
The Appenine Mountains overlook fields of wheat.
Golden wheat fields.
Primo grano = first grain.
Harvesting wheat.
Rustichella's state-of-the-art facility.
Bronze dies for long pasta cuts.
Bronze dies for short pasta cuts.
Penne being extruded through bronze dies.
Bucatini drying.
Fresh spaghetti hanging on drying racks.
Can't live without Spaghetti al Pomodoro!
Spaghetti alla Nicolina - Spaghetti with Fried Zucchini and Pecorino Cheese
Egg Pasta extruded through bronze rollers.
Egg Pasta sheet.
Egg Pasta sheet.
Egg Pappardelle
Egg Pappardelle Nests
Egg Pappardelle With Truffles
Rustichella d'Abruzzo Farro
Rustichella d'Abruzzo Panettone

Rustichella d'Abruzzo produces a full line of Italian ingredients, including sauces, pastas and more.
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