Making with Passion: Lessons from the Oldest Artists in Italy

It’s 4AM, you’re walking home from a very late night, and you smell a whiff of baking bread escaping the vents of a nearby Panificio. Welcome to Italy, home of some of the oldest artists: bakers.

In celebration of our year in Rome, MD brings you a behind-the-scenes glimpse of one the oldest art forms to learn the secrets of this ancient craft. A big thank you to Gabriele Bonci, Danilo Ruggiero, Franco, Adriano and the rest of the team for allowing us insider access to the bakery, Panificio Bonci. Please note that the text has been translated for our English speaking readers.

Enjoy the video, music and Franco’s quotes which apply to more than baking, but creating anything with passion.

What does it take to be the best, make the best?

It’s the interaction between you and your material. This is how you make bread for everyone. Science+Intuition=Alchemy

A good humor and concentration create good bread.

Why and how did you begin baking?

From pure passion. It’s a dark night, the bread is in the oven, and we are waiting for the break of dawn. There is light, the crack of sun, the bread is baked and the journey begins.

What’s your approach?

From the preparation of ingredients to the final baking, there is a rhythm, a sound that aligns with the deepest part of us.

How is bread like the universe?

Something great can be born from all the little things. From a grain of flour, a loaf can be born. (Adriano)

Bread has different forms just like the Universe has multiple forms and creates a point that rises. Bread is life.

What determines the shape of and razored design on the dough?

The Shape + Razor Cut = Graffiti. Pictograms before writing.

What’s your advice to someone who wants to start baking?

Knead with the palm of your hand. Its shape comes from nature.

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