Its invention dates to 1679, when the baker of the Savoia Court, Antonio Brunero, created this food to nourish the Italian future king Vittorio Amedeo II, who was sick and unable to digest the soft part of the bread.
The success of grissini was particularly quick, thanks to being easier to digest than ordinary bread, and to its longer shelf life. The name derives from that of ghersa, the traditional long and thin bread of Piedmont.
Nobles greatly appreciated bread stick: Savoy King Carlo Felice enjoyed music at the Teatro Regio best when in his box he could crunch his tasty “grissini”
Among the great fans of breadsticks, one cannot fail to mention Napoleon Bonaparte, who in the nineteenth century, created a delivery service between Turin and Paris mainly devoted to the transport of what he called “les petites batons de Turin”.