In 2014, Vicky Bennison began a project to document Italy's dying art of making pasta at home by hand. So she began to track down the Italian grandmothers who had learned the craft in their youth and filmed their processes in their own homes. It didn't take long for the delightful results to become an online sensation, with more than 456,000 followers on YouTube and upwards of 236,000 followers on Instagram, transforming nonagenarian nonna into unlikely influencers. Bennison's work also spawned a cookbook, Pasta Grannies: The Secrets of Italy's Best Home Cooks, released in the US last October. In collaboration with the local cookbook store Book Larder, chef Brandon Pettit's Ballard pizzeria Delancey will host a dinner inspired by the book, with sfoglia in brodo, tagliolina with shrimp, pappardelle with wild boar ragu, chicories with Meyer lemon, and "something beautiful and Italian for dessert."
by Julianne Bell
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