Grani in Pasta, where the ancient art of milling turns into an extraordinary culinary art
When a fragrant pasta dish is seasoned with the stories of people who have always believed in their land, it will always leave a pleasant memory: this happens every time you sit at one of the tables of Grani in Pasta, a new dine-in kitchen concept placed in Caltanissetta. The design of this place is inspired by the old Sicilian grocery store from the 1920s surrounded by products, fragrances and colours. The store is decorated with the typical and precious hand-made white and blue majolica tiles and simple materials, such as raw wood and concrete flooring.
Pasta here tastes good and genuine and is the protagonist of this shop signed by the Riggi family, which has been producing flour since 1955. Thus, while savouring a good dish of spaghetti with anchovies, we go back in time listening to the story told by Alessandro Riggi, the company’s product manager” “The story of Riggi began in 1955 with Calogero Riggi, our grandfather and founder of Molini Riggi. Born in 1919 in San Cataldo, a small village in the centre of Sicily, he began to work the land at the age of five helping his father in taking care of a small piece of land where they produced wheat. Wheat was essential in that period to produce the flour for making bread and pasta to provide sustenance for the whole family. A few years later, in 1955, Calogero found an old stone mill in an abandoned farmhouse and began to mill the grain for other farmers. This was the beginning of Molini Riggi”.
Now, as then, they keep on producing stone-ground flour and hand-made bronze-drawn pasta using the same traditional method, and continuing to work with local farmers to guarantee the best raw materials. Many bakers and pizza makers choose these flours for their texture, flavour, taste and the high nutritional properties resulting in excellent bread and pizzas. For a few months now, a new project called “Grani in Pasta” was born, a mix of groceries and kitchen where customers can buy the company’s organic products and above all enjoy the typical menu inspired by ancient Sicilian recipes. Next goal will be the opening of Bottega Riggi in other Italian and foreign cities to promote the real made in Sicily.