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Old 09-17-2014, 11:14 PM   #1
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Favourite brand of Italian style pasta?

i recently introduced my family to colavita brand pasta, and they love it. it easily cooks in 7 or 8 minutes (for most shapes) into a perfectly al dente bite. not mushy through to hard, but an even, firm-but-yielding bite.

we've tried so many brands over the years, from local large market manufacturers like ronzoni and the same in imported types like barilla, to many smaller manufacturers and artisnal brands

for whole wheat pasta, we like bionaturae, but lots of other brands are decent as well. sadly, true whole wheat recipes don't lend themselves to making great pasta.

what brand of pasta do you prefer?


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Old 09-17-2014, 11:23 PM   #2
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Partial to Barilla, have not seen Colavita aside from the olive oil.

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Old 09-17-2014, 11:31 PM   #3
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We use mostly Barilla with an occasional box of Prince for certain shapes.

I'm one of the minority that prefers his pasta to be cooked through.
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Old 09-17-2014, 11:51 PM   #4
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I usually buy whole wheat pasta, but sometimes get other whole grain. I love, love, love Bionaturae. I have to stop myself from eating too much of it while it's in the colander. But, we usually get Felicetti. It's almost as good as the Bionaturae, but usually a dollar or two less for a 500 gr package. Both of them are from Italy. I have tasted a number brands of whole wheat pasta that were nasty.
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Old 09-17-2014, 11:58 PM   #5
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We have followed America's Test Kitchen's recommendation
and now purchase De Cecco dried pasta.
DH is a fan of the Rigatoni.
Me, I like Barilla Whole Grain Penne, Medium Shells and Spaghetti,
it doesn't get 'gummy' like other whole wheat pastas.
But of course, our all time fav is homemade pasta... just made SIXTEEN DOZEN, yes 16 dozen cheese raviolis to stash in the deep freeze.
It's a day long affair, so why not make it worth your while, they freeze so nicely.
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Old 09-18-2014, 12:03 AM   #6
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Old 09-18-2014, 04:24 AM   #7
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I love Rustichella d'Abruzzo, although the only place I know of that carries it is 20 minutes away. Barilla works pretty good in a pinch.
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Old 09-18-2014, 05:27 AM   #8
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Besides homemade, Barilla for us.
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Old 09-18-2014, 06:18 AM   #9
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Barilla too. It seems to leave a larger ' window of error' than the others that I have tried in the past.

That being said, if there is a really good deal on another brand, I will stock up.
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Old 09-18-2014, 06:28 AM   #10
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For supermarket brands DeCecco is the run away winner.

Barilla was a distant second but I still refuse to buy anything from them because of their hideous political stances.

I have also tried a bunch of pastas that I bought at Eataly which surpass DeCecco but aren't that easy to find. If you want, I'll write them down next time I go.

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