One of the most well-known pasta shapes in the world, penne rigate are medium-length narrow tubes. "Rigate" means grooved, and this type of penne has grooves that run the length of each piece. This texture allows the sauce to adhere to its surface, making every mouthful rich and tasty!
Even though penne originated in Liguria, its popularity has spread throughout the Italian peninsula and worldwide. The most famous penne preparation is arrabbiata, a spicy Roman innovation. The pasta is served with a fiery tomato sauce made from tomatoes, red chile peppers, and garlic.
Since 1939, the Setaro family has been making pasta on a winding street in Torre Annunziata in Naples. Their factory is on the same street, in fact, where Giada's grandfather once made his own pasta. The semolina flour they use is minimally processed, creating a more flavorful product than those commonly found in the U.S. The company air-dries its pasta in the cool, salt-tinged breezes that blow in through wild rosemary bushes from the Mediterranean coast, a practice that makes for a delightfully chewy finished product.