the breastick


Its invention dates back to 1679, when the baker of the Savoia court, Antonio Brunero, under direction of the doctor Teobaldo Pecchio, created this food to nourish the future king Vittorio Amedeo II, who was sick and unable to digest the soft part of the bread.

The success of grissini was particularly quick, thanks on one hand to being easier to digest than ordinary bread, and on the other hand to its longer shelf life. The name derives from that of gherssa, the traditional long and thin bread of Piedmont.

the tradition

The breadstick is known as a traditional Italian product, typically from Piedmont region, particularly Turin.


The oldest form of breadsticks, is undoubtedly the traditional Robata' (pronounced rubatà; which means "rolled" in the dialect of Piedmont) range in length ranges from 40 to 80 cm, and are easily recognized by its characteristic knots, due to the handwork. The Robata' of Chieri is included in the list of traditional Italian food products from the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry.

The only other form of traditional and protected breadstick is the Grissino Stirato (litterally translates as "stretched"). Its invention was more recent than the Robata', and instead of being rolled, the dough is stretched by for the length of baker's arm. This gives the final products more friability and allowed for the mechanization of production as early as the eighteenth century.


Nobles greatly appreciated bread stick: the Savoy King Carlo Felice enjoyed music at the Teatro Regio best when in his box he could crunch his tasty "grissini", sometimes flavored with the addition of chopped trout.

The Princess Felicitas had her portrait painted depicting her with a breadstick in her hand and became known, perhaps unwillingly, as "The Princess of Breadsticks".

Among the great fans of breadsticks from Turin, one cannot fail to mention Napoleon Bonaparte, who in the nineteenth century, created a delivery service between Turin and Paris mainly devoted to the transport of what he called "les petites batons de Turin.