Tuesday, March 22, 2011
If I'm making a pasta dish, this is the only pasta I will use. The quality of this product will astound you the first time you touch it. It has a heft and texture like no other pasta. The surface of the pasta is very rough, all the better to grip the sauce and hold it tight to the noodle. When you chew it, it chews like steak.
This pasta is from Gragnano, Italy. Mister Garofalo started making it there in 1789. For the longest time, it was only available in the US via high-end, online gourmet sites. And it cost a fortune.
Then in 2007, I found it in the aisles of Costco. I should not have been surprised, as Costco has a deserved reputation for carrying the very highest quality merchandise, including groceries. Early on, they just carried two shapes, Spaghetti and Penne.
Two weeks ago, they expanded the line of Garofalo pastas sold at Costco. I was able to buy Calamarata, Pappardelle and Schiaffoni. As with most Costco items, Garofalo pasta is sold in bulk packs. But who is going to complain about having six bags of the world's finest pasta in your pantry?