1972 – Our origins. “Iris. Egg pasta”
Nicola Acrisio Columbro was a sales rep, constantly travelling on business. He was a man with a thousand ideas and two passions: his family and his wife Iris’ homemade pasta. The best moment in his day was when he came home to his children around the table and a plate of his favourite pasta.
Iris Ghiandoni’s grandmother had taught her how to prepare traditional handmade pasta as a little girl. This rolled out pasta was, as per tradition in the Marche and Romagna regions, porous, flavoursome and, above all, thin. It was the result of plenty of “mattra and matarell” (the dresser where the dough was rolled out and the rolling pin, in local dialect), but also of long bike rides to collect the naturally organic ingredients of that era. Indeed, Iris was well aware that quality pasta was always the result of flour ground directly by the wheat field owners and natural wholesome eggs from a local trusted farmer.
This was how, during one family Sunday lunch, Nicola Acrisio Columbro decided he had to leave his job to devote himself completely to his passions. It was 1972 when the first Pastificio Columbro shop, “Iris – Egg Pasta”, opened under their home. It had one simple important rule: “All our products must be good enough to be eaten by my children”