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Grissini in a restaurant in Turin
Alternative names Grissini
Type Bread
Place of origin Italy
Cookbook: Breadstick  Media: Breadstick

Breadsticks (also known as grissini, grissino or dipping sticks) are generally pencil-sized sticks of crisp, dry bread that originated in Italy.


It's believed that it originated in 1643, when a Florentine abbot described a long-shaped and "bone-thin" bread being made in a town outside of Turin.[1][2] Tradition states, however, that it originated in the region of Piedmont in the 17th century, invented by a baker called Antonio Brunero, from Turin. It was a food that was intended to be easier to digest for the Duke Vittorio Amedeo II of Savoy, who had digestive problems in his childhood.[3][4][5][6]


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. In many North American restaurants breadsticks are frequently topped with garlic sauces and parmesan cheese when served as appetizers; as a dessert item, they can be topped with cinnamon sugar and icing.

Regions that consume breadsticks include the Americas, Europe (mainly Spain, Portugal, Italy and Greece), and parts of Asia.[citation needed]

Pre-made, dried breadsticks can be found being sold in markets as a quick snack or a pre-meal appetizer for home use, somewhat similar to a cracker. Usually comes along with dip of some sort, such as cheese.[7]

Another recipe for breadsticks, called rosquilletas, exists in Comunitat Valenciana (Spain).[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The Nibble: Breadstick History". Retrieved 2018-04-16. 
  2. ^ "Grissini Recipe | Italian Breadsticks | Leite's Culinaria". Leite's Culinaria. 2016-11-11. Retrieved 2018-04-16. 
  3. ^ "The History of Grissini". Retrieved 2018-04-16. 
  4. ^ "Grissini - Breadsticks from Piedmont with Recipe & History". Retrieved 2018-04-16. 
  5. ^ "The famous Grissini of Turin are traditional breadsticks - Dear Italy Piedmont". Piedmont. 2014-11-19. Retrieved 2018-04-16. 
  6. ^ "Grissini were invented around 1670 in Turin by a baker". Meet Piemonte. 2017-09-09. Retrieved 2018-04-16. 
  7. ^ "Creamy Swiss with Classic Breadsticks". The Laughing Cow. Retrieved 2018-04-16. 
  8. ^ "Aima Rosquilletas Artesanas Hechas a Mano · Castellón". Aima Rosquilletas (in Spanish). Retrieved 2018-04-16.