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A tale of success

Our history

Pasticceria Massera was founded in 1920 in Bornasco – Sala, a small village in the green hills of Serra, in the Biella province.
Our story began when the progenitor Luigi Massera opened a little shop which had a wooden oven attached to it, where he produced bread for his own town and the surrounding areas. Times were hard in those days: poverty and suffering fell on the population, but in spite of this the tradition of local cooking was preserved and passed down from generationto generation.
Once a year in occasion of the village fair, Mr. Massera would produced “Torcetto”, a biscuit shaped like a doughnut in his oven.
After the war, Gino, one of his sons, transformed the old oven into a small laboratory and, with a few changes to the old recipe, started selling “Torcetto” throughout the Biella region on an artisanal production basis, using only natural ingredients: flour, butter and sugar.

Pasticceria Massera

The Company


The old laboratory has been transformed into a modern artisanal company with up-dated equipment in order to satisfy new requirements and distribute its product throughout Italy.

The recipes

With the passing of time, Gino’s two sons grew up, and collaborating with their father, helped to improve the product and market it at a regional level. They didn’t only produce Torcetti, but widened the range, by “enriching” their production with traditional recipes such as LE “PASTE ‘D’MELIA”, I “BRÙT E BUON”, GLI “SPUMINI ALLA NOCCIOLA”, LE “TEGOLE” etc. This helped establish the Pasticceria Massera as one of the best in class cases of the local sweets and cake production.

The ingredients

The main characteristics of Pasticceria Massera are its handcrafted production, the scrupulous exclusion of preservatives and colorants, an inimitable mixture of dosage and blending, and the use of only natural ingredients: flour, butter and sugar; that is, the simple and daily things that are in the art of making cakes and biscuits. Today, Pasticceria Massera has become the success story of local cake and biscuit production.