On the recommendation of an Italian friend who said this was the best pasta out there I eagerly placed an order of four different shapes. Ordering was easy enough through Amazon.com which had an online storefront for a company out of Boston who would actually ship the order. Now I paid for normal shipping and the pasta was literally at my door the next day – well done.
I was so eager to give this pasta a try as I love new GF items and I LOVE pasta. This is an Italian corn-based pasta that is available in some quite uncommon (for GF pasta) shapes which makes for a nice change from penne and fusilli. I opted for the gnocchi (dry), spaghetti, pipe rigate, and tubetti rigate. First on deck, the pipe rigate.
I was craving a creamy alfredo sauce so wanted something that would capture the sauce nicely and the pipe rigate more than satisfied this need. The uncooked pasta really looked like the pasta I remembered in my pre-Celiac days but the question remained…how would it taste? Well, I am happy to report that my Italian friend did not let me down and it was really quite possibly the best pasta I have had to-date. It cooked to a perfect al dente and the texture was indistinguishable from the traditional semolina version.
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