For Christmas 2017, Italian fashion house Dolce & Gabbana teamed up with family-run pasta makers, Pastificio Di Martino to produce a limited edition of festive pasta tins. A handy little stocking filler retailing at a mere £88! While you’re sitting down to recover from the shock, let me assure you that the legacy of this extravagant venture could indeed fill a stocking or two without you having to re-mortgage the house.
Di Martino are still selling their divine pasta in Dolce & Gabbana-designed packaging, as vibrant and jolly as an Italian holiday, which is just what we need in winter months in a pandemic. And each 500g packet is just £3…
Of course, packaging is pretty to look at but it’s the pasta that’s the important thing. Pastificio Di Martino has been making pasta since 1912, in Italy’s pasta capital, Gragnano. They select only the best Italian durum wheat, mixing natural spring water from nearby Forma. Then they extrude the pasta through bronze dies – pasta makers’ moulds – and allow it to dry naturally at a low temperature, as specified by the Protected Geographical Location (PGI) specification of Gragnano Pasta.
Di Martino pasta has a rough surface, meaning that all the delicious sauces you make to go with it will cling and absorb making your meal beyond delicious.
We stock the spaghetti, penne, linguine and, a little more unusually, fusilllata casareccia – short pasta noodles with curly edges and a groove down the middle, perfect with typical Mediterranean ingredients such as aubergine, tomatoes, cheese and basil.
So, forget spending £88, you could buy all four varieties for just £12 – but you might need an XL stocking!