Zaccagni Bronze Cut Mafaldine
The Land is Calling
The secrets that make our Zaccagni Bronze Cut pasta so extraordinary lie in the top-quality Italian grain and the mineral rich pure spring water that flows from the Majella Mountains, whose snow-capped mountains you can see from the Pastificio.
I call this mini lasagna and I like to think its named after my Grandmother, Mafalda. Mafalda (and my mother Kitty) were my inspirations to cook. Mafalda was the daughter of Lorenzo DiGuisto, born in Anversa degli Abruzzi, our ancestral home and the location of our award winning family cheese farm. Lorenzo came to America and was a Chef at the Parker House in Boston at the turn of the century. He helped many of our relatives come to America and establish new lives. Mafalda was certainly inspired by him and cast a large shadow in our home. I can still smell and taste her meatballs.
The Mafaldine is long, curly and on the thicker side and this sturdy pasta will stand up to any application.
Zaccagni Bronze Cut pasta is made using bronze dies that are over 100 years old and gently slow dried at very low temperatures to produce the classic bronze cut texture that your favorite sauce will gladly cling to. What makes Zaccagni pasta so extraordinary? 95% of all large scale pasta is produced using teflon dies and rapidly forced dried. This produces a very smooth texture (or lack thereof) and provides nothing for your sauce to cling to. Not Zaccagni! We take our time and produce the best artisan pasta that we can, so that you can enjoy the experience of true Italian pasta.
This slow drying method is very time consuming, but slowly aids in the removal of moisture from the pasta. The benefits of this process can be seen in the fine dust of flour that remains on the surface of the pasta and greatly contributes to the incredible texture.
Abruzzo is considered the "Green Heart of Europe", with more National Park space than any other area of Europe. The pasta is produced in a small town in the Province of Chieti, Abruzzo and we are only 4 miles from the Adriatic Sea. This beautiful region produces extraordinary pasta, olive oil, wine and cheese and we invite you to taste the fruits of Abruzzo.
This has become one of, if not the, family favorite pasta. Easy to prepare in a variety of ways, holds sauce extremely well (esp. meat sauce), and just creates a beautiful plate whether it is solo or part of a larger meal. Everything about this premium quality pasta is delicious and excellent.
Best. Pasta. Ever. My favorite shape!
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