Al Pascià has been operating from the 16th Century Casati Stampa Building in Via Torino, 61 Milan for over a century.
Al Pascià has also been awarded recognition as a traditional business concern in Milan with the “Historical Retail Store” certificate issued by the Lombardy Regional Authorities and a “Historical Store” certificate issued by the City Council in appreciation of the store which has been in business in the heart of Milan for over 100 years.
There are those who smoke only one pipe and those who prefer to smoke various types. Then there are those that have tried a wide range of pipes, dreaming of the pipe that has not yet been created, and so decide to design and create their own original pipe. This is what happened to the creators at Al Pascia: a well-known Italian reference point at an international level for slow smoking enthusiasts, with numerous exclusive national products. In us, Gubbels Pipes, they found the perfect partner to create this original pipe.
Al Pascia will always keep a large collection of pipes, as it is such a pleasure to smoke them in rotation and to savor the different tastes. Yet, they had been thinking about this non-existent pipe for some time. This was prompted by a Calabash, which owes its cool, dry and mellow smoke to an air chamber in the gourd beneath the bowl. This allows the smoke to expand, cool down and lose its moisture. The only downside to the Calabash is that it is marvelous for armchair smoking, but less convenient for when you would like to enjoy a smoke while on a stroll. So we wondered if there was a way to design a briar pipe that would combine the smoking features of a Calabash (without the gourd) and portability.
A few craftsmen have been working on producing a limited amount of this type of pipe for some time, but it maintained hard to make this product affordable and available to a broad public. So, Al Pascia needed a partner who could perfect the design, identify the technical issues and manage the launch production. And this is where we turn up! We, Gubbels Pipes, have had a standing relationship with Al Pascia for many years, and we proved to be the ideal partner in this realization of this product. Two intense years of design and development followed, through which a new type of pipe was born. This concept pipe proved to be so inspiring that we have decided to become the pipe’s global distributor, as well as its producer.
We, Al Pascia and Gubbels Pipes, are proud to present Curvy – the most compact pipe for a cool & dry smoking experience. Let’s take a look at the features!
The first thing that catches your eye is the broad stem that makes the pipe chubby. The technical feature is hidden within the air chamber that reproduces the Calabash effect without the need for a gourd. The mouthpiece is inserted in a methacrylate disk, which closes the chamber; the combined disk-mouthpiece is easily attached to the stem by applying some pressure and is easy to remove, which makes it easy to clean.
The new and eye-catching Al Pascia pipe is available in two different versions that share the broad stem. If you examine it more closely by touching it and holding it in your hand, you will notice its lightweight and refined design, made by Gubbels Pipes. When you fill up the bowl and light it, you will immediately taste the cool, dry smooth smoke that is unexpected and unprecedented for such a compact pipe. Thus, the new Al Pascia pipe is indeed a wonderful little surprise: an idea and dream becoming reality!