This is a high quality, artisan Penne from Naples.
Penne Rigate or Grooved Quills (because of its diagonally cut ends) is one of the most popular and versatile pasta shapes in Italy. It captures and binds the sauce within its ridges and so can be used with virtually any tomato and cream based sauces, with meat ragus, vegetables and cheese. It is also popular for baked pasta dishes and widely used in pasta salads too!
THE GRANIA PASTA RANGE
Grania have called this range of gourmet pasta Le Gemme del Vesuvio or Vesuvius Gems. In the Volcano’s shadow, a group of artisan pasta makers apply their art every day to produce a pasta which looks and tastes fabulous. Only 3 ingredients are used. The finest durum wheat, the purest water and time. Lots of it.
At Grania, they have revived an ancient Neapolitan production process which involves drawing the pasta through bronze moulds to produce a rough surface which grabs the sauce and binds to it. The pasta is then dried very slowly at low temperatures to maintain all of its natural taste and goodness.
It keeps its shape and consistency perfectly when cooking and the al dente moment is very forgiving in case you just miss it!
The pasta has a lovely golden yellow colour and is just another reason they call them Vesuvius Gems!
From: Naples, Campania, Italy
Grania’s Bucatini and Trofie pasta have both won Gold Medal at the Great Taste Awards. Widely considered the Oscars of artisan food in the UK, this bears testimony to the quality of this fine pasta range.