Faella Genovesine are a wonderfully versatile short pasta. Cut like small penne but smooth like ziti, this pasta pairs well with all sauces and makes a mean pasta salad. The origin of this name, though, is still debated: it might come from the Genovese sauce, the typical Neapolitan ragu usually served with short, tubular pasta. Pasta Faella is crafted according to tradition in Gragnano, the legendary birthplace of Italian dried pasta. The hard durum semola flour used to make Genovesine is 100% Italian semola di grano duro. That's why, when cooked, it fills the room with the intense aroma of freshly baked bread and toasted grain. Its slightly rough, porous texture creates an ideal surface for collecting sauces, while its consistency is firm and chewy. Just cook your Genovesine al dente to savor its rich flavor and great texture fully! This pasta is real Italian pasta at its best.
Pastificio Faella has been producing pasta in Gragnano, a town south of Naples in Campania, since 1907. There, the breezes that flow from the mountains to the sea create the perfect conditions for drying pasta, while the pristine spring water from the Lattari Mountains used to make the dough complements this uniquely ideal setting. Pasta Faella is extruded through traditional bronze dies designed specifically for each shape, then air-dried slowly. That's what makes a huge difference between industrial and artisanal pasta: the former is dried in less than an hour at high temperatures through electric ovens, the latter naturally and for at least two days. Because of this slow process, Pasta Faella is easily digested and gives a great sense of satiety.