One of the most well-known pasta shapes in the world, penne rigate, are medium-length tubes that trap delicious sauce in the ridges that run down their sides. "Rigate" means grooves - given that this type of penne has grooves on the surface of each penna. The grooved version allows the sauce to adhere to its surface, making every mouthful rich and tasty!
Even though penne originated in Liguria, its popularity spread throughout the Italian peninsula and worldwide. The most famous penne pasta recipe is ‘arrabbiata,’ from Rome. The pasta is served with a spicy tomato sauce made from tomatoes, red chili 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.