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Old 03-02-2012, 07:11 AM   #51
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Colavita: Olive oil, Pastas & vinegars, risotto rices etc.

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Good Morning. Colavita is a large multi national and thus, they are most famous for their exported olive oil, however, they produce Pastas, rice for risotto and vinegars too ... and numerous types of canned goods too.

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Old 03-02-2012, 09:22 AM   #52
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Barilla, De Cecco, Voiello, but I'm Italian so I'm always trying different brands, since we have hundreds of them, from big corporations to small local businesses.
Furthermore we have endless pasta shapes, and not all of the producers make them all, so sometimes you cannot buy your favorite brand if you're looking for a specific pasta type.
I happily try any Italian brand of whole grain, organic pasta. I have tried a number of whole grain pastas and the only good ones are Italian. How hard can it be to make good whole grain pasta if I can do it at home?
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Old 03-02-2012, 11:30 AM   #53
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I happily try any Italian brand of whole grain, organic pasta. I have tried a number of whole grain pastas and the only good ones are Italian. How hard can it be to make good whole grain pasta if I can do it at home?
It all has to be do with the type of flour.
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It all has to be do with the type of flour.
That might be true, but it doesn't have to be Italian flour. I use organic, whole grain, Canadian, hard, wheat flour. I just use flour and water to make my pasta.
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Old 03-02-2012, 12:23 PM   #55
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My first choice is DeLallo. They make good organic pasta. The down side is that I have to order it online.

Barilla and De Cecco are my second choices. Both are widely available.

I don't make pasta near as much as I used to. For me, pasta is usually a quick throw together meal. I prefer it not to be an all-day kind of undertaking.

Having said that, we're going over to a friend's house this weekend to make (and freeze) homemade ravioli with several different fillings.
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Old 03-02-2012, 06:50 PM   #56
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I use the small won ton skins to make raviolis. I used to make my own pasta. Sometimes my daughter will ask me to make up a bunch for her freezer. Then I make the pasta. But for just myself, I make up about a dozen using the won ton skins. For my daughter I have a one ounce ice cream scoop and a ravioli making tray. It goes pretty fast. I then lay them out singularly on a cookie tray, freeze them and place in a zip lock baggie. For the cheese filling, I use a recipe that I got from watching an old Nonni when I was a kid. For the meat ones, I use a meatball recipe.

For the cheese ones, it consists of a handful of this, some of that, a good shake of those, etc. I went to school with her granddaughter Rosa and I often wonder if she makes them the same way.
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Which ever brand is on sale. The one brand I won't buy is the WalMart Great Value brand. I think it has an off-taste to it.

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Buckytom.

Good Morning. Colavita is a large multi national and thus, they are most famous for their exported olive oil, however, they produce Pastas, rice for risotto and vinegars too ... and numerous types of canned goods too.

margi.
thanks margi.
is it decent italian, as far as dried pasta goes?

i'm reticant to ask since you're a well travelled writer, and, you know, all of this is just opinion. from the bayou folks of a swamp to the best tailored folks in any city. all are equal here in the states.

but in getting to know you and our apparent simpatico tastes, whaddyathink?
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I like Delallo myself but I really need to start making it from scratch. I've not done that yet.
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I like Delallo myself but I really need to start making it from scratch. I've not done that yet.
You won't be sorry. A whole different product.
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