8 years ago

From Italy to the Twin Cities: Sunrise Creative Gourmet pasta

Guilio Forti was one of thousands of Italians who immigrated to Minnesota’s Iron Range in the early 1900s, hoping for a better life. But Guilio, already 50, was too old to work in the mines as others did. So he put the skills he’d learned as a baker in Rome to work and started Sunrise in 1913.

From their north Hibbing location, the Forti family distributed Italian and Vienna bread by horse-drawn carriages to the mines. Over the years, each generation contributed new ideas and products to the business, adding pastries, donuts, cakes, and finally authentic Italian entrees, pastas and sauces.

Tom Forti, the fourth-generation owner of Sunrise, has helped the company expand into grocery stores with authentic Italian entrees, pastas and sauces. “We’ve remained true to our initial product vision to deliver old world quality with modern convenience,” Forti explains. “Our bronze-extruded pastas are made with locally sourced, high protein flour. The noodles cook in only two to four minutes, and many are infused with all natural spices or vegetables, so all that’s needed is a splash of olive oil.”

Simple Sunrise Fettuccini with Olive Oil

Works well with steamed broccoli or asparagus and grilled chicken or smoked trout.


  • 1 lb Sunrise Creative Gourmet Fettuccini
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • ½ cup Parmesan or Romano cheese
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Fresh ground pepper


  1. Add Sunrise Creative Gourmet Fettuccini to a pot of lightly salted boiling water and cook for 8 to 10 minutes.
  2. Mix olive oil, cheese, lemon and red pepper flakes.
  3. Drain pasta.
  4. Add mixture, top with cheese and ground pepper and serve.

Another delicious idea: Take your pasta a step further by adding in Urbani Pesto and Truffles.

Look for Sunrise Creative Gourmet pasta in our pasta aisle.

Sunrise Creative Gourmet