The story of De Cecco pasta is one of tradition, passion, and innovation passed down from father to son for over 130 years. It all began in Fara San Martino, a small village in Abruzzo, Italy, where Don Nicola De Cecco produced the best flour in the surrounding countryside in his stone mill. He passed on his knowledge and passion to his son Filippo, who opened the De Cecco brothers' pasta factory in 1886, creating a low-temperature drying device that allowed for the pasta to dry regardless of weather conditions.
With the combination of old craftsmanship, creative intuition, and technical insight, De Cecco pasta became synonymous with superior quality and authentic Italian taste around the world. In the 1900s, the iconic image of a country girl from Abruzzo carrying wheat stacks became the company's trademark, and after World War II, the company experienced rapid growth, with a new production plant built to replace one bombed by the Germans.
In the 50s, a new pasta factory was opened in Pescara in response to increased demand, and in 1980, a modernized production unit was established in Fara San Martino, which doubled the production capacity. The company began creating its own sales and distribution network in 1985, responding to market evolution.
The 90s saw important investments in the company, with a new mill capable of processing 1100 metric tons of wheat daily built in Fara San Martino, and the launch of the new Ortona plant in 1997, an example of innovation and advanced technology servicing the old tradition of pasta making.
Despite the passing of time, the De Cecco brand remains synonymous with premium quality in the pasta world. The company's commitment to pass on, safeguard, and consolidate the Founder's original principles of production and quality, such as selected wheat, fresh semolina from the Molino, bronze plate drawing, low-temperature drying, and constant quality control, has remained unchanged. Every act of De Cecco today, as it was back then, comes from a deep passion and a tenacious search for perfection, starting from pasta and going forward. From father to son, since 1886, De Cecco has carried on an important responsibility, bringing the authentic pleasure of Italian cuisine all over the world.