This farro pasta from Rustichella d'Abruzzo is made with just milled farro and fresh spring water. The texture is slightly more delicate than traditional pasta, so some care is required when cooking. But the result is a nutty, hearty pasta with toothsome texture.
Pizzichi means "pinched pasta," and those crimped edges hold on to light sauces nicely. Blanch some fresh peas and toss with ricotta, lemon zest and extra virgin olive oil. Or make a simple herb purée — basil, parsley and mint, with a tiny bit of garlic — and stir with warm pasta and extra virgin olive oil.
About the Producer: In 1981, Nicolina Peduzzi decided to revive the pastificio (pasta factory) her father had started 50 years earlier in a small town in Abruzzo, Italy. More family members joined the business, which quickly grew into one of the most extensive artisanal pasta lines in Italy. Nicolina, the matriarch, remains the keeper of artisan core values, which she demonstrates personally at every incredible meal she cooks for the family. (And in fact, in the Peduzzi family, many important business decisions are made over a heaping dish of spaghetti!) It is these wonderful meals and moments shared at the family table that ensure that Rustichella d’Abruzzo will continue to maintain high levels of integrity, professionalism and passion for quality.