"Discover Cooking, Discuss Life."

Go Back   Discuss Cooking - Cooking Forums > Recipes & Ingredients > Pasta, Rice, Beans, Grains...
Click Here to Login
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 09-17-2014, 11:14 PM   #1
Chef Extraordinaire
 
buckytom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: My mountain
Posts: 19,667
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?

__________________

__________________
The next time someone asks what you did this past weekend, squint really hard and say, "Why, what did you hear?"
buckytom is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-17-2014, 11:23 PM   #2
Ogress Supreme
 
PrincessFiona60's Avatar
Site Administrator
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Wyoming
Posts: 36,364
Partial to Barilla, have not seen Colavita aside from the olive oil.
__________________

__________________
“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” - Albert Einstein
PrincessFiona60 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-17-2014, 11:31 PM   #3
Certified Pretend Chef
 
Andy M.'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 42,707
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.
__________________
"If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe." -Carl Sagan
Andy M. is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 09-17-2014, 11:51 PM   #4
Chef Extraordinaire
 
taxlady's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: near Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Posts: 18,567
Send a message via Skype™ to taxlady
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.
__________________
May you live as long as you wish and love as long as you live.
Robert A. Heinlein
taxlady is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-17-2014, 11:58 PM   #5
Executive Chef
 
Kaneohegirlinaz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: The Gateway to the Grand Canyon, wishing I was back home in Hawaii
Posts: 2,759
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.
__________________
My Kitchen In The Middle Of The Desert ~ Wait, What? This Isn't Hawaii?
https://mykitcheninthemiddleofthedesert.wordpress.com/
Kaneohegirlinaz is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 09-18-2014, 12:03 AM   #6
Assistant Cook
 
biscotto's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Neuchatel
Posts: 26
Garafolo.
__________________
biscotto is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-18-2014, 04:24 AM   #7
Wine Guy
 
Steve Kroll's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Twin Cities, Minnesota
Posts: 5,996
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.
__________________
Steve Kroll is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-18-2014, 05:27 AM   #8
Master Chef
 
CraigC's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Posts: 5,515
Besides homemade, Barilla for us.
__________________
If you're gonna make a Key Lime pie, you have to use real Key Limes!
CraigC is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-18-2014, 06:18 AM   #9
Head Chef
 
larry_stewart's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Long Island, New York
Posts: 2,415
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.
__________________
larry_stewart is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-18-2014, 06:28 AM   #10
Master Chef
 
jennyema's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Boston
Posts: 9,650
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.
__________________

__________________
Less is not more. More is more and more is fabulous.
jennyema is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
italian, pasta

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



» Discuss Cooking on Facebook


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:21 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.