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Pasta Buyer's Guide

Pasta Buyer's Guide

How to Choose the Perfect Pasta:

Our artisanally-made pastas offer flavor that is far superior to that of more industrially-produced brands. They are easy to cook perfectly al dente, and have ideal textures for holding different sauces. Our favorite brands include:

  • Poschiavo: A unique Swiss pasta made by the Fisler Family since 1900.
  • Marco Giacosa: Rich and delicate egg pastas from the Piedmont city of Alba.
  • Gioie di Fattoria: Rustic and flavorful pasta from the Northern hills of Abruzzo (the farro pasta is a staff favorite).
  • Rustichella D’Abruzzo: Family owned and operated since the early 1900s – made of the highest-quality ingredients in a wide variety of shapes and textures.

When choosing a shape, think about what sauce you will be using or how you will be preparing the pasta.

  • Small shapes (orzo, trofie, anelli): Orzo is great in cold salads and soups, anelli is perfect in soups and trofie is a perfect match for pesto.
  • Short-cut pastas (ruotine, garganelli, penne, rigatoni): Best for use in casseroles and salads or with your favorite pasta sauce.
  • Thin long-cut pastas (spaghetti, vermicelli, bucatini): Best for creamy and smoother tomato sauces that will coat the pasta. Also good with a simple dressing of olive oil and grated cheese.
  • Wide-ish long-cut pastas (fettuccine, tagliatelle): Best for thicker sauces and meat-based sauces.
  • Wide egg pasta (pappardelle, tagliatelle, maltagliati): Best for thicker sauces and meat-based sauces.
  • Shells and spirals (conchiglioni, fusilli, farfalle): Suitable for both thicker and thinner sauces, as the sauce will get trapped in each piece of pasta.

If we were to keep just a few cuts on hand at all times, they would include durum wheat spaghetti, farro penne, egg pappardelle and maybe a bag of trofie.

Storage is simple – just keep the pasta dry. It keeps for a long time but just make sure none of those pesky meal moths get into your cupboards and ruin your pasta!

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Want to learn more about pasta?

Read our blog post that explains the differences in Pasta Shapes and Sizes and when you may want to use each type.

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