- An artisanal pasta made in Tuscany by the Martelli family
- Produced locally with 100% Italian premium durum wheat
- Bronze die extrusion and long drying create an incredible texture and porousness for catching sauce
- A shape perfect for chunky sauces, a must for baked pasta
- A package of 500 gr – 1.1 lb
The best italian pasta available, unfortunately no longer affordable
And I thought that was pretty expensive! But I bought it regularly and really loved it.
Then 5 years ago I came to the USA, and among so many other things I missed the foods from home. How happy was I to find out Martelli was sold over here, too!
Of course, it was very expensive, even more expensive than in Germany. 5,50$ for a bag (and at the time I did not understand USA-measurements, was not aware they sell only half the size over here!). So I thought the 2.2 pound bag would be expensive with 5,50 $, and for 3 years I could not afford to mail order it. You have to pay 15 $ postage for any order, so I figured any order below 150 $ would not be reasonable with that postage fee.
Last year, after the winter holiday, I got some money and finally did it: I ordered my beloved Martelli pasta. And it is really wonderful.
Only I saw that I got half the amount I was thinking to get. The bags contain 500g, which is exactly half of what I used to buy in Germany. And I paid 5,50 $ each plus postage now! Almost twice the price for half the weight – uhm – does that make it quadroopled?
Now my birthday came in July, I got money again, and I am looking into another order. But – oh shock! The price of 5,50$ has turned into 8$ now. And the bags did not turn into the original sizes (1ooog or 1kg).
Wow – is that a sign the dollar loses its value completely now?
Would it not be cheaper to order the pasta in Italy or France or Germany and have it shipped overseas to me? I guess I would get a better deal.
I checked it, the bags in Europe still contain 1kg, and I saw them offered online for 6 Euros. I guess I will have to make some serious calculations.
But the order from amazon is unthinkable now.
Rustichella d’abruzzo is second best. Also expensive, but I guess I can afford that with forsaking other things.