There is Pasta... and Pasta ....
Pasta production dates back to the sixteenth century when the first 'appeared all family-run pasta. Until the seventeenth century was a very widespread food but, as a result of the famine that struck the Kingdom of Naples, it became a staple food due to its nutritional qualities and for the invention that enables the production of pasta, called white gold, to low-cost pressing the dough through the dies. The ideal soil to allow the production were Gragnano and Naples, thanks to their microclimate compounds from wind, sun and right humidity. Just the inhabitants of the Kingdom of Naples were the first to make the important turning the pulp production, and in 1861 at the height of pulp production were the factories of Gragnano. I Gragnano, at that time, were the largest producers of pasta in the world, in particular in the sale of macaroni. Thanks to its legendary tradition, Gragnano became the home of pasta celebrated by writers, historians and poets. One of the many artists who celebrated the talents and Tasting quality of Gragnano pasta was the poet who composed maccheronata Gennaro Quaranta, a poem in response to the pessimism of the poet Giacomo Leopardi, Recanati. The full poem went like this:
"And you were unhappy and sickly, or sublime Cantor of Recanati,
swearing that the Nature and the Fates, frugavi inside you with horror.
Oh never laughed that your lip Arsiccio nor thine eyes gleaming and deep-set,
why not ... adored maltagliati, the egg omelettes and the mess!
But if you had loved Macaroni more de 'books, which make the negro humor,
you would not have suffered harsh ills ... And living among pingui jokers
would come, ruddy and cheerful, perhaps up to ninety or a hundred years to ... "
On 12 July 1845 the King of the Kingdom of Naples, Ferdinand II of the Two Sicilies, over lunch, granted to manufacturers Gragnano the high privilege of providing the court of all the long pasta, and so for all that, since then, became Gragnano the city of macaroni