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|Place of origin||Italy|
|Region or state||Turin|
|Cookbook: Breadstick Media: Breadstick|
Breadsticks (grissini, dipping sticks) are generally pencil-sized sticks of crisp, dry bread originating in Turin and the surrounding area in Italy. They are originally thought to have been created in the 14th century; although according to a local tradition, they were invented by a baker in Lanzo Torinese (northern Italy) in 1679.
Breadsticks may be offered at the table in restaurants as an appetizer. In some instances or regions they may be a type that is larger than pencil-sized. They may also be combined with ingredients such as prosciutto as an hors d'œuvre.
Pre-made, dried breadsticks may sometimes be sold in markets as a kind of snack or a pre-meal appetizer for home use, somewhat similar to a cracker.
Another recipe for breadsticks, called rosquilletas, exists in Comunitat Valenciana (Spain).
Unbaked grissini on a baking tray, seasoned with herbs
Breadsticks in Media
Uprising in 2015, a meme on Tumblr involving breadsticks became popular. The meme usually consists of a date conversation, in which the partner says something offensive which causes the main subject to leave while stuffing breadsticks into their purse.