- Polenta is an ancient dish of Italian origin made from cereal flour. The most widely used basic cereal is corn, imported into Europe from the Americas in the fifteenth century, which gives it its characteristic yellow color, whereas previously it was darker because it was mainly made with spelled or rye, and later also with buckwheat, imported from Asia. The first cultivation of corn documented in northern Italy dates back to Lovere, in Val Camonica, by the nobleman Pietro Gajoncelli, who seems to have imported the first 4 corn grains from the Americas in 1658.
- Produced by Antico Pastificio Umbro, a family owned company situated at the foot of Mount Subasio, between Assisi, Perugia and Spoleto, all jewels of the green Umbria region.
Their production is inspired by the tradition of Umbrian pasta makers who existed already at the beginning of the century. During the 80’s, the family business reflourish thanks to the initiative of Fernanda Mariottini, portrayed in the wheat fields that her family cultivated on the hills between Spello and Assisi. This family started to operate in the field of farming when men were a key resource and their hills were dotted with sheaves of freshly harvested wheat and with barns ready to face the winter.
Production is tightly linked to tradition: bronz