A FAMILY OF PASTA MAKERS IN THE HEART OF TUSCANY
In the old town of Lari, inside the Castle, stands a large yellow building. It is the small pasta factory Pastificio Famiglia Martelli: artisan in spirit, traditional in substance. This is where the heirs of the ancient Pisan white art carry out their work. Here, using a traditional technique and vintage machinery, a semolina pasta is created fully by hand.
What a modern pasta factory produces in five hours, Martelli make by hand in a year.
The building in which the pasta is created is in itself a piece of history because it faithfully reproduces the shape of ancient pasta factories. The semolina flour arrives on the ground floor and there it is worked with cold water. Once the pasta has been laid out on carts or on wooden frames, it is lifted to the upper floors, to the drying chambers. Here the pasta rests until it reaches the correct degree of dryness. It is on the top floor of this building that the Spaghetti acquire their texture and unique taste.
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