Organic Mezzemaniche Pasta from Rustichella d'Abruzzo
Mezzemaniche, meaning "short sleeves" in Italian, are short, ridged tubes about as wide as rigatoni and half as long. A perfect soup shape, organic mezzemaniche is also excellent for baking and for making pasta salad with vegetables the same size as the pasta tubes.
Recognizing that they could take their commitment to responsible growing methods one step further, the Peduzzi family of Rustichella d'Abruzzo has introduced a line of organic pasta, all certified organic by the Consorzio per il Controllo dei Prodotti Biologici, or CCPB.
About the Producer:
In the town of Pianella in Italy's Abruzzo region, artisan pasta maker Gianluigi Peduzzi of Rustichella d'Abruzzo maintains a proud tradition started by his grandfather. He starts by choosing the best semolina from select durum wheat and mixing it with pure mountain spring water. The dough is then shaped using the same hand-carved bronze dies that Gianluigi’s grandfather used a century ago, giving the pasta just the right texture to capture all kinds of sauce. Lastly, slow drying in temperature controlled chambers for at least 56 hours imparts flavor and texture unlike any ordinary mass-produced pasta.
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