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As part of making our latest food porn montage, 10 Things We Love About Italy, we got to film with a couple pasta makers. The first was an Italian grandmother who shared her tagliatelle secrets; the second was far less traditional. Franco Pedrini started growing biodynamic heirloom wheat back when 'heirloom' wasn't cool and 'biodynamic' was laughed at. For twenty years, he defied his neighbors and labored on his farm and pasta business with his wife and three sons. The resulting pastas are hearty and flavorful, not to mention easy on the gluten intolerant. You can't yet buy his San Cristoforo pasta in the US, but we hope this family's rich story will satiate your appetite.
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