There’s an island off Italy where one woman wakes up every day at 7AM to make pasta.
Of course, this is not just any type of pasta.
It’s called su filindeu – or “the threads of God” – and has been made by the Abraini family for more than 300 years, passing down the recipe and special technique to the women in their family.
Currently, there are only three ladies who can make it – and BBC visited one of them, 62-year-old Paola Abraini.
Abraini, who speaks to the Romantic language of Sardo, a form of Latin, lives in a modest apartment in the town of Nuoro on the island of Sardinia.
Although no one can remember how or why the recipe first made its way into the lives of the Abrainis, many have visited Paola to marvel at her creation. According to BBC:
Last year, a team of engineers from Barilla pasta came to see if they could reproduce her technique with a machine. They couldn’t.
After hearing rumours about a secret Sardinian pasta, Carlo Petrini, the president of Slow Food International, visited this spring.
And this summer, British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver stopped by to ask Abraini if she could teach him how to make the dish. After failing for two hours, he threw his hands up and said, “I’ve been making pasta for 20 years and I’ve never seen anything like this.”
But Abraini explains that the secret is all in her hands…
There are only three ingredients: semolina wheat, water and salt. But since everything is done by hand, the most important ingredient is elbow grease.
Check her technique below:
Now, unless you are planning a trip to the island, at the time the su filindeu happens to be served, as it stands you won’t be able to ever experience the pasta.
So what can you do?
Of course, local guys Burrata pride themselves in making – and serving – the freshest pasta for all your pasta dish needs.
Located at the Old Biscuit Mill, Burrata offers an Italian-inspired menu with a flair for the exciting and unexpected. Their pasta dishes are phenomenal: just think cannelloni with leek parmesan, artichoke, kale and roast red pepper sauce – or spaghetti with pulled pork, sugo and crispy parmesan.
How could you say no to that?
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