Who doesn’t love pasta? It has got to be one of the most popular and versatile foods on the planet. I know it’s my favorite! Every ethnic culture I can think of has its own spin on how to prepare and enjoy it. Just for fun, I did a quick Google search for pasta recipes and came up with over twelve million listings. That, dear readers, makes for a helluva lot of pasta dishes! And best of all, most pasta dishes can go from stovetop to tabletop in under an hour.
But, all pasta is not created equal. We all know that the success of any recipe depends on the quality of ingredients used. The kind of pasta product you use can make or break a dish. You can find a few decent brands in the supermarket, and honestly, I often buy them. However, when I really want to make something special and have a few extra bucks in my pocket, I head over to my Italian specialty market and splurge on the fancy imported stuff. It truly does make a difference.
A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to sample an excellent brand of imported Italian pasta that I’ve been hearing a lot about – Garofalo Signature Pasta. The company was kind enough to send me a few different kinds to try. Garofalo has been making pasta for over 200 years, and produces the Signature line from their headquarters in Gragnano, Italy, near the ruins of Pompeii. Gragnano is considered to be the birthplace of pasta. The company combines the art of traditional Neapolitan pasta making with modern technology to create their top quality pasta products. The pastas are made from the finest semolina wheat available, and are created using traditional bronze dies to ensure that the integrity of each cut’s texture is preserved. They offer numerous varieties of short and long cuts, both textured and smooth, so there is something for everyone. read more >>