The De Luca Pasta Factory


More than 100-year history of the Pasta De Luca

Storia ultracentenaria della

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.



The founding of the De Luca Pasta Factory

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.

Innovation begins

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.





Continued innovation

In the 1960s, the De Luca family built a new factory with a new Pasta plant in Chieti Scalo. This plant is still active and is the heart of Pastificio De Luca.

The fourth generation continues the Tradition in the technological age

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.