Pasta De Luca
Page 78 of the registry kept in the historical archives of the Municipality of Picciano reads, “On the year 1814 eleven of the month of August at 11 p.m. before us Gaetano Di Lorenzo Mayor and Civil Status Officer of the Municipality of Picciano Province of Teramo appeared NICOLA DE LUCA aged twenty years by profession MOLINARO domiciled in this Municipality and declared that a male was born to whom was given the name ZOPITO ACHILLE DOMENICO DE LUCA.
NICOLA DE LUCA born in the year 1794 and his son ZOPITO born in 1814, by profession MOLINARI, ran a rudimentary palm mill for milling wheat. CARMINE DE LUCA born in the year 1855, MOLINARO son of Zopito De Luca, was the founder of the pasta factory starting to produce the traditional “Pasta De Luca” with a manual press and copper dies, drying it with natural ventilation in the open air and later in heated rooms for final drying.
In 1900 with the arrival of electricity the old manual pasta factory was equipped with new machines with electric handling and moved to new, better equipped premises.
The ancient tradition of good Abruzzo pasta that began in Picciano, an enchanting village among green hills sloping from the Gran Sasso d’Italia to the Adriatic Sea, has continued in the DE LUCA FAMILY through descendants VINCENZO and ANTONIO, their children and their grandchildren, cousins Irene, Alessandra and Luca.