|Comune di Gragnano|
Church of Santa Maria of the Assumption.
|Province / Metropolitan city||Naples (NA)|
|Frazioni||Aurano, Caprile, Castello, Iuvani|
|• Mayor||Paolo Cimmino|
|• Total||14.6 km2 (5.6 sq mi)|
|Elevation||141 m (463 ft)|
|Population (31 June 2015)|
|• Density||2,000/km2 (5,200/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|Patron saint||Saint Sebastian|
|Saint day||January 20|
Gragnano is a comune (municipality) in the Metropolitan City of Naples in Italy, Campania region, located about 30 kilometres (19 miles) southeast of capital. A hill town located between a mountain crest and the Amalfi Coast, Gragnano is home of some of the best dried pasta in Italy. A group of artisanal producers in the area are seeking a European Union designation that would protect the pasta's provenance.
Gragnano's "main street was laid out expressly to capture the mountain breeze mixed with sea air back when pasta makers hung spaghetti on drying rods like laundry," according to a Forbes Life write up. More recently heaters are used to dry the pasta at low temperatures (approximately 122 degrees Fahrenheit) for two days and it is shaped with bronze to give it a rough texture, producing a pasta with "nuttier aroma and chewier mouth feel"
- Mimi Murphy Gragnano Pasta page 36 Forbes Life
- "Tito Vuolo". IMdB. Retrieved 17 March 2014.