Dry pasta is a full-fledged lifesaver: having a couple of packages in the pantry and a couple of more ingredients – tomatoes, cheese, oil or chilli – can make the difference between a rich meal and nothing more absolute. That is almost magic, but for the thing to be fireworks and trembling legs there is one basic thing: that the pasta is of good quality.
We have asked some of our favorite experts in the field – chefs, gourmets, Italians in general and lovers of good food in particular – to recommend us some of the brands that make them feel at home from the first bite. Yes, they are a little more expensive than the not-so-good ones. But taking into account that five generous servings come out of a half-kilo package and that pasta is the protagonist of the dish, it is worth paying the difference.
Although some brands are more difficult to locate than others, you always have the option of approaching the Italian products store that falls closer if they have them, or buying them online: they can be eaten with everything and they last forever, so it comes to be like investing in a closet fund (in this case, pantry).