Pasta Garofalo - History and philosophy

History and philosophy

Discover the history and the original vision of Pastificio Garofalo, a protagonist of the Gragnano area.


Garofalo was established in 1789 in Gragnano, the homeland of pasta. The climatic conditions of the area are perfect for drying pasta, and the presence of spring water that fed the mills made Gragnano the ideal place for the production of pasta.
At the end of the eighteenth century, with a Royal Decree Michele Garofalo obtained the exclusive concession for the production of pasta, as it was considered “well made”.
Time has rewarded the original formula of Garofalo, which combines a drive for innovation with an unstoppable search for quality. The company has thus become an engine of Gragnano evolution, and in addition to its first industrial plant in the centre of the town, another was added in the immediate vicinity.
The production grew, and Garofalo expanded mainly abroad and as a private label, until a brand line was launched in Italy in 2001 that immediately became a benchmark for superior-quality pasta among consumers.
Ebro Foods, a Spanish multinational group operating in the rice, pasta and condiments sectors, joined the company as a majority shareholder with a large investment in 2014.
Besides being a leader in Italy for quality pasta, today Garofalo exports its products to over sixty countries around the world: ours is therefore a story of Italian excellence.

Our philosophy

Garofalo’s quality is unmistakable and the product speaks for itself. At the base is our dedication to excellence, our desire to make the pleasure of good food an exact science, without giving up creativity.
Strengthened by our Gragnano heritage, we love to carry on the precious tradition of our land, raising its quality based on the highest contemporary standards, and increasingly making our pasta a refined taste experience.
f Garofalo is a brand that is highly appreciated and recognised for its unmistakable identity in Italy and in the world, it is also thanks to the people who work daily while sharing our dedication and our goals, putting all their expertise at the service of a product made with care.
In this video we tell of our vision and pay tribute to all the collaborators who make Garofalo great.