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Oct 29, 2013 08:40 AM

Which brand pasta to buy now?

I'm no longer patronizing Barilla, which I've used for years and years. Which brand do I want to buy now? I seem to remember buying DeCecco once and it broke up when boiling, so I don't want that. I use a lot of large shells (not the stuffing kind), bowties, fettucine, linguine, spaghetti. Any recommendations? Thanks.

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  1. In our area DeCecco seems to be prone to having bugs, (weevils), I guess it is the warm weather. I buy Barilla for the quality of the product, not the philosophy of an individual. Since Barilla is made in the U.S. under license, with Italian specs. it is superior to other supermarket brands, when available I prefer Setaro from Pastificio F.II Setaro, Torre Annunziata, Napoli. Having said that it is not easy to find.

      1. I too buy Barilla for the quality of the product, an "eat local" when possible philosophy (to me it does not make sense to eat pasta that's not made in USA), and in support of USA Midwestern farmers and jobs.

        1. I find De Cecco to be solid.

          Mueller's is a very good American brand. I got a great deal on a bunch of Delallo organic pasta, and that stuff's very good so far (I got many shapes).

          1. From my regular grocery I buy DeCecco. I've never had a quality issue with it (or bugs, yuck).