Established in 1876, Pastifi cio Gentile is one of the historic artisanal factories that made the city of Gragnano famous around the world for its pasta. Each of Pastifi cio Gentile's pasta shapes are bronze cut, meaning that the molds or "dies" used in production are made of bronze. The bronze mold creates a rougher more porous pasta giving the pasta a homemade quality. As a result, sauces and seasonings do not slide off of the pasta as they would with a smoother type. The roughness, characteristic of bronze cut use, and exclusive use of water from the Gragnano local acquifer are both among the requirements for di Gragnano IGP pasta.
Popular throughout the Lazio region of Italy, Bucatini is aptly named after the Italian word Buco, meaning "hole." It is a thick spaghetti-like pasta with a hole running through the center. Bucatini is traditionally served with all'amatriciana (a sauce of cured pork cheek, pecorino and tomato), cacio e pepe (pecorino romano cheese and pepper), buttery sauces, eggs, and anchovies or sardines.
durum wheat semolina, water