The rolling pin: between craftsmanship and culinary culture

Craftsmanship in the kitchen, as in marble processing, is a precious quality, to be defended and enhanced. This is why we were pleasantly surprised and grateful when we noticed the increasing demand for marble rolling pins. 
In our age where machines and electronic tools are increasingly common in every kitchen, we hope that the tradition of handmade pasta with a rolling pin will be maintained, both for the sake of the taste and for our cultural culinary identity.
 
“Making dough is a primordial act. Hands and matter collide to create something that did not exist before. The pasta sheet, on the other hand, is culture: it cannot be rolled out with bare hands: you need a tool and the ability to use it.” (Davide Morosinotto)
 

The historical role of the rolling pin

In Italy, there is no kitchen without a rolling pin: a timeless tool, inherited from generation to generation. Already known to the Etruscans, as evidenced by the frescoes in the tomb “Dei rilievi” in Cerveteri, among the Latins it became famous with the term fistula. In imperial Rome, it was skilfully used to roll out the pastry or to create the dough used to wrap meat and fillings for baking. Until the Renaissance the tool was not commonly used: in the Middle Ages it was only found in the kitchens of aristocratic families. The Italian word “matterello” (rolling pin) seems to have emerged in the 13th century as a derivation of “mattero”, i.e. cudgel, a clear reference to its shape. The tool has had different names depending on its origin and era, but it has remained a fundamental tool in the life of every kitchen. 
 

The quality of marble and its effectiveness

A high quality rolling pin is an advantage for any type of culinary preparation and can be used in a wide variety of applications. Investing in a good quality tool will make these tasks much easier, saving time and effort, without sacrificing the craftsmanship of the process. In addition, a rolling pin made to a high standard of quality will ensure that the equipment will last longer.Among the most commonly used materials for rolling pins, marble plays a key role, both for its effectiveness and for the added value it gives to the tool. A marble rolling pin makes it easy to work the dough, which can be rolled out into sheets without much difficulty thanks to its higher weight compared to wood. In addition, marble is smooth, cool and non-porous, so naturally non-stick.