We couldn't wait to evaluate all the cool new pastas we'd seen in supermarkets. So imagine our surprise when, in a blind taste test of 17 spaghetti brands, the winners turned out to be old favorites.
|Pasta||Staff Comment||Interesting Bite|
|Rustichella d'Abruzzo||"Great consistency, texture and chew."||Made in Abruzzi from nineteenth-century bronze dies.|
|Ronzoni||"Good chewiness."||Emanuele Ronzoni, a native of Liguria, founded the company in the United States when he was still a teenager.|
|Barilla||"Has a nice lightness."||The best-selling brand in Italy.|
|De Cecco||"A lovely semolina flavor."||Manufactured at a low temperature to ensure its springy texture.|
--Monica F. Forrestall