Breadsticks (grissini) are generally pencil-sized sticks of
crispy, dry bread originating in Turin and the surrounding area in Italy.
They are originally thought to have been created in the 14th century. They are considered to be Spanish and
Italians favourite bread.
Left: Grissini in a
The original recipe, grissino torinese (as still made in Turin), differs from
the modern version in that it is thicker, longer, hand-made, often twisted and
has a more bread-like texture. Toppings vary from simple coarse salt to seeds or
dried herbs of your choice. The most popular variations are named grissino
stirato (straight) and grissino rubatà (hand-rolled).
They are often placed on the table in restaurants as an appetizer, although they
are usually larger than pencil-sized. They can also be combined with more
luxurious ingredients such as
Prosciutto to form an hors d'œuvre.
Regions that consume breadsticks include the Americas, Europe (mainly Spain and
Italy), Australia, and parts of Asia.