The Martelli Family makes one shape of pasta per day. On the day that Pasta Grannies went to visit the pastificio, it was spaghetti day and they were given a tour by the wonderful Chiara Martelli.
As the video below explains, the semola comes from Italy, the dough is pushed through a bronze plate which gives the spaghetti that amazing rough surface. Then, the spaghetti is dried for a long time in a drying room where it rests for 50-52 hours in the breeze of a gentle fan. During these hours the pasta is rotated to ensure even drying.
As Pasta Grannies points out, “spaghetti of this quality only needs a simple sauce.” The Martelli Family cooked one of their favorite spaghetti dishes, spaghetti al carbonara with sausage. Watch the video to see how Chiara Martelli and zia Rosa do it!