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    Traditional Wooden Garganelli Pasta Comb


    One fine-tooth comb.

    Legend has it that the first garganelli, a ridged tube pasta, were created when a housewife improvised and rolled her pasta dough over a nearby weaving loom. Her ingenious pasta invention eventually led to the use of a pettine per la pasta, or “pasta comb.” Each one is made by hand from tiny wooden slats that are secured together between two wooden rods using twine. Each pettine comes with three rods of different diameters, suitable for rolling garganelli or the tube-shaped maccheroni al pettine, both big and small.


    The story of each pasta comb is completely unique. Marco’s pettini are restored from the textile combs of one Ninfo Duri, a craftsman who worked in Reggio-Emilia over 100 years ago. Duri made his combs from materiale povero: bamboo, hemp twine, and local wood from elm and fir trees. These combs were then sold to local textile workers who would use them to beat the warp on large manual looms. Every single pettine has over 100 years of life and use between its delicate slats.


    Note: Each pettine is an artisanal product, made by hand, and therefore is 100% unique. If you notice that there are glue spots on the corners from where Marco secured the ends and that the comb is not perfectly straight, this is completely normal and is simply part of the artisanal nature of the product.

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    About the Producer

    For almost 30 years, Marco Galavotti, has been crafting artisanal tools for the kitchen in his workshop in Modena Italy. He works under the pseudo name, Al Marangoun, meaning “carpenter” or “ax man” in Modenese dialect. And indeed, the tools he creates, mostly made of wood, are reminiscent of a carpenter’s work. Every week, he sells his tools at various markets in small towns scattered throughout Emilia-Romagna.


    Wood (spruce or elm) supports, bamboo slats, hemp twine, water-based glue

    Care Instructions

    Use a soft, natural toothbrush to gently clean the slats of the pettine. If needed, wet the toothbrush in a mixture of water and bleach or water and baking soda. Allow to dry in a cool, ventilated area.

    Additional information

    Weight 3 oz
    Dimensions 9 × 4 × 5 in


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