Rustichella d'Abruzzo's speciality pasta: Paccheroni are large ribbed tubes of pasta that originate from Campania and look much like giant rigatoni. They are often served with rich, hearty sauces and a good lashing of Parmigiano. They can also be filled and baked flat or upright. Try with smoked salmon, or grilled vegetables mixed with fresh buffalo ricotta and Parmesan.
Rustichella d'Abruzzo was born in 1924 in Penne with the name of Pastificio Gaetano Sergiacomo, and today it is the brand of artisanal pasta used by the best chefs in the world. Since then “Tanuccio’s” pasta has been considered the best in its category and has received worldwide acclaim.
Rustichella d'Abruzzo is one of the few genuinely artisan pasta manufactures operating in Italy. They use a blend of only the highest grade hard durum wheat which they source from Italy, Canada and Australia to achieve the ideal balance of proteins, flavour and texture. Once the dough is mixed, it is pressed through bronze dies which gives the pasta a rough and porous surface. This allows the pasta to cook evenly and bind better with sauces and flavours. The pasta is dried at low temperatures over 36 to 50 hours in static drying rooms with regulated humidity to allow the proper fermentation of the semolina and the flavour to fully develop. The pasta will hold its shape during cooking, par-cooking and reheating.
There is an enormous difference between traditionally made pasta and industrial pasta, and this can be fully perceived on the palate.