Po Valley Foods imports award-winning egg pasta, exquisite bronze drawn durum wheat semolina pasta, high quality rice, traditional and nutritious buckwheat pasta, and specialties like corn and buckwheat polenta, extra virgin olive oils, and handmade extra virgin olive oil biscotti. All natural. All made in Italy.
Bronze Drawn Durum Wheat Pasta
Premiato Pastificio Afeltra
Since 1848, Premiato Pastificio del Cavalier Olimpio Afeltra has produced bronze drawn pasta in the city synonymous with the art of pasta making: Gragnano. Located 20 km south of Naples, in the region of Campania, the state-of-the-art factory stands three stories high at the very same location as it did in the mid 1800's. Premiato Pastificio Afeltra is widely believed to have produced the first "maccheroni." Today it's recognized the world over for their excellence.
Afeltra uses only high quality proteins (not less than 14.5 %, gluten index greater than 75, ash below 0.70 % obtained from the finest Italian wheat). All formats are bronze drawn, which extrudes slower, giving the pasta roughness and porosity optimum for sauces. Drying occurs slowly (up to 42 hours) and at a low temperature (below 50 °C) in static cells.