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Soft or crunchy. Plain or cheesy. Eaten on their own or dipped in red sauce. Enjoyed as an appetizer or a snack. Breadsticks act as a palate for a wide variety of flavors that are included in Italian cuisine.

National Breadstick Day serves as a special reminder to appreciate and enjoy this delectable appetizer that brings loads of joy and fun to any meal!

History of National Breadstick Day

A couple of stories surround the origins of the breadstick, but it is believed these delicious little sticks of bread got their start in the 17th century in the region of Northern Italy, just outside of the town of Turin. Other theories state that breadsticks got their start in the region of Piedmont, which is in Northwest Italy.

Some historians related the invention of the breadstick to Italian royalty, in the house of Savoy. They may have been fed to a duke who was ill when he was younger and then, when he became king, the crispy breadstick became the bread of choice in the royal house of Savoy.

The original breadsticks, known as grissini, would have been hard and crunchy, with a texture and flavor that is more like a cracker. Breadsticks would have been an easy snack to carry around and

How to Celebrate National Breadstick Day

Whether enjoying the crunch of a crispy breadstick or the yummy goodness of a soft baked one, National Breadstick Day brings all sorts of opportunities for celebrating. Try out some of these ideas:

Enjoy Some Breadsticks

The first order of business on National Breadstick Day is, of course, heading out to a restaurant or grocery store to secure some breadsticks to be eaten in honor of the day! Some Italian restaurants celebrate National Breadstick Day by offering discounted or even free breadsticks.

Of course, some national chains, like Olive Garden and Fazoli’s already have unlimited breadsticks built into their menus. Giordano’s and Little Caesar’s are other restaurant chains that may offer a deal on breadsticks, garlic bread, or other appetizers in honor of the day.

This is the perfect day to head over to one of these establishments, or a local Italian eatery, and enjoy access to yummy breadsticks!

Take a Trip to Italy

Why not celebrate National Breadstick Day in style by popping over to the place where breadsticks go their start?! Wander through Tuscan villages, take a look at the Vatican, climb Mount Vesuvius or take to the waters of Lake Como. Whatever tourist attractions you choose, the most important part will be ordering up some breadsticks from a restaurant or bakery that can be enjoyed along with other Italian cuisine like hand made pasta and freshly baked pizza.

Share Some Breadsticks 

Get into the spirit of National Breadstick Day by picking up a large order of breadsticks and taking them into the office to share and raise awareness for the day. It’s a fun way to encourage the celebration of all things Italian while munching on a tasty treat.

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