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Skip the flight to Italy and order these 9 handmade pastas instead

By David Farley

There once was a time when you had to get on a long-haul flight to Italy to buy real-deal, top-quality dried pasta. Not anymore. Now you can have Italian-inspired, American-made small-batch pastas—of varying shapes and flavors—delivered right to your door. And with October being National Pasta Month, what better time is there to explore the diversity of premium pastas out there? Here are nine that make us exclaim buonissimo!


Baia Pasta

Baia Pasta
With roots in the Northern Italian region of Piemonte, Oakland-based Baia Pasta uses a variety of grains to make its oodles of noodles. There’s organic durum wheat, organic spelt, and even a gluten-free variety. Founder Renato Sardo, the former director of Slow Food International, knows a thing or two about artisanal pasta.
Shipping fees start at $9.95 per order

Zaza’s Pastas
Based in Iowa, Zaza’s uses a blend of a non-GMO semolina flour and organic flour made from local-grown wheat. The unique combination brings together Northern and Southern Italian styles for fusilli, fettuccine, orecchiette, and more that’s happy sitting in a cupboard but still cooks up like fresh pasta.
Shipping fees start at $8.99 per order


Tavola

Tavola
After a trip to Italy, Sarah Zapien returned home to Houston inspired to dust off her rolling pin, and Tavola Pasta was born. They sekk shell-like conchiglie, diminutive ghnoccheti Sardi, and the twisty casarecce, among others—each designed to hold sauce, making every bite a flavorful one.
Shipping fees start at $6 per order

Pappardelle’s Pasta
A pioneering pasta maker from Denver, Pappardelle’s began making its flavored pasta in the mid-‘80s, back when most people in the States were still noshing on ordinary spaghetti. Expect the unexpected here, with such provocative pastas as dark-chocolate linguine, Goan curry angel hair, and Spanish saffron trenette.
Shipping fees start at $9 per order


Nicoletto's Pasta Co.

Nicoletto’s Pasta Co.
Started by two Italian-American brother from Nashville, Nicolette’s goes the traditional bronze-cut route to make their small-batch fusilli, slow-dried rigatoni, ziti, and campanelle.
Shipping fees start at $9 per order

Al Dente
Made with North American–grown durum wheat, this Michigan-based company’s pasta is made slowly and lovingly by rolling out the dough and never taking any short cuts. Their best sellers include a line of low-carb fettuccine (called “Carba-Nada.” Get it?), the golden egg pappardelle, and the vegan spinach “BonaChia” fettucine made with chia seeds. We’re also excited to try the new basil Carba-Nada, coming next week.
Shipping fee start at $8 per order


Semolina

Semolina
Based in Los Angeles, Semolina was founded in 2014 by Leah Ferrazzani, who initially made everything in her home kitchen. A couple of years later, the operation has grown enough to move into its own space, but the small-batch company still produces hand-cut pastas that are dried slowly and at low temperatures for optimal flavor.
Shipping fees start at $6 per order

Beekman 1802
In addition to sweets, cheese, and rustic household goods, this upstate New York company makes its own small-batch, hand-rolled pastas. The Bourbon barrel cracked-pepper pappardelle will put a zing and a kick into any pasta bowl.
Shipping fees start at $8 per order


Flour City Pasta

Flour City Pasta
Hailing from upstate New York, Flour City’s range of organic durum wheat pastas include the usual edible suspects along with flavorful veggie-laced varieties, like basil-garlic fettuccine, chipotle-cilantro pappardelle, and spinach-garlic linguine.
Shipping fees start at $12.95 per order

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