Wheat flutter on wind from Santa Caterina Church in Loreto Aprutino (Pescara). PrimoGrano 2017 was a human and culinary experience into the Rustichella d'Abruzzo land to celebrate the annual harvest of 100% Abruzzo grown wheat; a deep and authentic trip to discover the excellences of beautiful Abruzzo. Rustichella d'Abruzzo's PrimoGrano (primo grano means "first grain" in Italian) was the idea of owners and master pasta makers Gianluigi and Maria Stefania Peduzzi, the perfect destination to discover the nature and tradition of Abruzzo with the Rustichella friends, international Chefs, food writers and journalists from all over the world. Our guests from USA, Brazil, Canada, Turkey, Cyprus and South Korea have discovered the best places of Abruzzo. Workshops and culinary lectures on artisan pasta, evo oil, farro and ancient grains from Italy (teaching staff composed by the Rda Export Manager Giovanni Intilla, RdA Head of Research & Development Marco Stanziale and Junior Marketing & Communication Antonio Lemme) were the key points to discover tradition and history of Rustichella, as well as "How to make Pasta alla Chitarra" (video), one of the best and emotional moments of PrimoGrano where Maria Stefania Peduzzi (RdA Owner) has showed all her secrets to make the best handmade pasta with love.
"It's always a pleasure to make Pasta alla Chitarra every year for our guests - Maria Stefania Peduzzi said - because I grew up in a family where my grandmother taught me the art of handmade pasta which I always want to propose even in my family, as it is important to remember traditions everyday."
Furthermore, PrimoGrano concerned taste and knowing of the culinary and cultural excellences of Abruzzo: arrosticini, pallotte cace e ova, sise delle monache made by the famous Pasticceria Emo Lullo in Guardiagrele, bocconotti made by Bottega del Bocconotto in Castel Frentano and wines of Marchesi del Cordano, as well as the visit to the ancient villages of Vestina Area like Penne and amazing Costa dei Trabocchi. "Treshing Party" (video) was the key moment of PrimoGrano, where all of our guests have seen closely the first harvest of the year in the beautiful valley of Santa Caterina in Loreto Aprutino (Pescara), with an amazing view of Gran Sasso and Majella mountains. Later, the dinner party and the traditional pupa dance, an ancient folklore from Abruzzo.
The traditional visit to the Rustichella pasta factory was the last stage of PrimoGrano 2017, as well as the intense training about the high quality of artisan pasta. Teaching staff composed by the RdA President Gianluigi Peduzzi, RdA CEO Giancarlo d’Annibale and RdA Export Manager Giovanni Intilla. PrimoGrano Tour was a great success, where passion and love for Abruzzo went hand in hand.. see you in 2018!