Authentic Experiences: Making Pasta

By Sarah

A Southern Italian mom's heaven.

When I said I wanted to gain ten pounds on pasta in Italy, I didn’t actually want the lbs to produce a double chin in my last pictures from the trip (which is inconveniently in the Amalfi Coast, where I only wear bathing suits). But here I am at week six in carb country and I’m 6 pounds heavier than when I left the States. I’m just about pasta-ed out, but before heading out of the country, the Jet Set Italy crew wanted to learn the secret to making chewy spindles of pasta so we can star at future dinner parties. If I’m going to be chubby, I’m bringing you all down with me.

Originally we pictured ourselves rolling dough with an Italian Grandma but when we couldn’t find a nana to indulge us the ACLE team hooked us up with an insider tour of the oldest pasta factory in Italy. The family-run factory opened in 1812 and since then Luigi Vicidomini — the 6th generation owner who gave us a tour — and his family have been working daily to make 200 varieties of pasta ranging from traditional rigatoni to pepper-infused spaghetti. They haven’t updated their machines since 1945, when the family opened a new store in its current location near our apartment in Salerno.


The machine adds water to the flour (called Semola) and then presses the pasta through a ceramic mold that shapes the dough; a conveyor belt carries the wet pasta to the drying racks; long pasta hangs to dry for 2-3 days; cheers to our tour guide who gave us pasta and tea after the tour. I love this country.

Perrin and I sampled fresh dough straight off the machine rack and it was already delicious. Luigi gave us a bag full of samples to take home with us so we could share the goods with Courtney and Lynne later that evening when we all reunited in the Amalfi Coast. We chose the pasta shaped like hearts, chefs hats and — of course — penises. Yes, that’s right. Our tour guide somehow managed to squeeze in a 5th grade sex ed lesson in our tour.

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About sistersbailey

We are Perrin and Sarah Bailey, collectively known as “The Sisters Bailey”. The moniker was born out of a crazy weekend at the 2009 New Orleans Jazz Fest and it was the first time we had ever been referred to as one unit. We grew up in Alexandria, VA together and then separated for college - Perrin to The University of Pennsylvania and Sarah to Northwestern University – and somehow landed together in New York after graduation. It was in the midst of the hustle of Manhattan that we became friends for the first time in years. Somehow we landed jobs in the same industry - Sarah worked in marketing at HBO and Perrin managed creative digital promotions for her media agency’s main client, Disney - just three blocks from one another. One day we decided to leave our jobs, sell our belongings and travel abroad with a backpack and a collective savings of $10K. The stories of our continuing adventures and those of other fearless travelers are here to inspire you.
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