A Specialty Pasta is Heritage
|Pichetti family's 300 year old croxetti stampi.|
|Ready made artisanal croxetti, a Ligurian pasta specialty.|
|Signor Picetti explaining croxetti pasta stamps.|
|Pietro Picetti carving the design on a croxetti pasta stamp in his workshop in Varese Ligure, Liguria.|
The croxetti stampi are handmade in three woods – walnut, beech, and pear. We chose a pear wood version with a circular sheaf of wheat on one side, and an elaborate snowflake looking design on the other. Since we're from New England, we figured snow was about as close as we could come to a heraldic ‘scudo’.
|Handmade pear wood crozetti stamp. 30 Euro for all you can eat.|
Mr. Pietro Picetti is at 15 Via Pieve - telephone 0187/842195 - in Varese Ligure in the Ligurian province of La Spezia. It's a really pretty town and on your way. you can see Brugnato, another lovely Ligurian town. Both Varese Ligure and Brugnato are part of both 'I Borghi Piu Belli d'Italia' (The Most Beautiful Italian Villages) and the Touring Club Italiano's Bandiera Arancione initiative.
|Croxetti al Pesto (w. green beans and potato) F.Ceragioli|
The most extensive English articles on croxetti we encountered are by the appropriately named Adri Barr Crocetti on her site Food, Family, Culture. She covers croxetti history and cooking and visited the only other stampi maker in Italy, Franco Casoni in Chiavari.
* Don't put these origin stories in your PhD thesis. The name also could have come from a silver Genovese coin from the 1700's called a croset. In the Haut Savoie of France we found a tiny buckwheat pasta called Les Crozets which had no resemblance to crozeti whatsoever. And tax records in Provence record 'crozetz' in 1397, according to the book, Pasta: The Story of a Universal Food.
** An arched bridge is called a Ponte Romano because Roman engineer/architects devised the style, not necessarily because they were built by Romans. The one in Varese Ligure was built in 1515.
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