Friday, July 31, 2009

Imported Organic Italian Rice Pasta

I just happened to see a new gluten-free pasta at one of my favorite little grocery stores today, City Market in NW Portland. It's an imported Italian penne rigate pasta. It's made from white rice flour. Italians make the best pasta, of course. This is especially true when we're talking gluten-free pasta. There are a lot of celiacs living in Italy, and they are more aware of the condition in europe compared to the US. I'll try this pasta out for you and let you know if it lives up to my very high expectations, considering I spent $8 on an 8.8-oz package! I think this officially qualifies as the most expensive pasta I've ever bought at a store.

The brand name is Rustichella D'Abruzzo. It carries an organic farming seal as well as a gluten-free seal, neither of which I'm familiar with. They also had two types of corn pasta, one from the same company, also imported from Italy.

Has anyone else seen this or any other brand of imported Italian pasta in a local store?


Rebecca said...

$14.55 a pound?! I think you need to get out your pasta maker and start making your own. You could sell it on the street corner and make a fortune.

For that price, couldn't you just buy steak or lobster? Or gold?

Gina said...


Yes, I did the math in my head before I bought this pasta. In fact, they had crawfish on sale for $.99 a pound, and lobster on sale for about $15 a pound at the same store. I just didn't want to carry home any live lobsters, so I got the pasta instead.

I wouldn't have bought it at all for that price, except that I have been looking for this type of white rice pasta ever since I got back from Italy over a year ago. I'm truly expecting it to be the best gluten-free pasta available, so I'm thinking of it as a specialty purchase for a very nice meal.

I also bought some jamon serrano for $28 per pound. It's amazing! However, I bought most of the ingredients for a Spanish Paella, including chorizo, mussels, clams, and crayfish for less money than I spent on the ham and pasta. They got me, I'll admit it. And, I'm happy about it.

Rebecca said...

Check it out! I found this pasta for $6 on Amazon! Have you tried it?

Amy Green (Simply Sugar and Gluten-Free) said...

I saw an imported brand which was about a box, which was a little too steep for me. But that's only because I am not a big pasta fan. I have no problem spending money on good food.

It might be the same brand - I'm going to look next time I'm at the store.

Gina said...

Rebecca -

I have not tried that pasta! It's unclear if it's a brown or white-rice pasta. I really prefer white rice pasta for the texture (brown rice pasta often has the texture of whole wheat pasta).

Cheryl - Somewhat Crunchy said...

LOL, I love the comments to this post :) Gold? LOL