For eight years, Renato was the Director of Slow Food International, an organization that promotes local, sustainable and fair food worldwide. Upon moving to CA, Renato helped organizing national and local Slow Food events for the San Francisco chapter, where he met and eventually partnered with Dario. Baia Pasta is their life-project to convert Slow Food theory into practice: to make delicious food that is also good for the people who grow & produce it, and good for the earth.
Baia Pasta was born when Renato learned that most of the wheat used by Italian pasta makers is grown in North America, and it was nearly impossible to find quality dry pasta made here. Baia Pasta combines the art of traditional Italian pasta making with great American-grown grains.
Baia Pasta is a true artisanal company. All their pastas are manufactured in their own facility on the beautiful Oakland waterfront, in Jack London Square, located right next to the San Francisco Bay. The bay creates the perfect weather conditions (a great fresh ocean moisture and stable temperatures) for their artisanal and old-fashioned drying process, hence it is a key component of the texture and flavor of their pasta (Baia means "bay" in Italian).