Breadsticks, another one of Italy’s great gifts to the world

Few people know that breadsticks — commonly served today in restaurants across the world — originated in Turin (Piedmont), Italy in the seventeenth century.

In Italian, they are called grissini: the term grissino (singular) probably comes from ghr’ssa, a Piedmontese dialectal term meaning grill. Linguists believe that the breadsticks were so named because they resembled the bars of a grill.

In Italy, they are almost always presented on the table of restaurants when guests sit down.

Sometimes they are also served wrapped in prosciutto as an appetizer.

Even in Italy’s finest restaurants, they are almost always present.

The breadstick, just another one of Italy’s great gifts to the world!

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