Producer: Stefano Sbiroli, Bari, Apulia (Puglia), Italy
Ingredients: Durum wheat semolina and water, plus cuttlefish ink.
Size: 500g bag
Cuttlefish ink is expensive, so a lot of "black" pasta ends up a murky grey colour. This, however, is the real thing. Wonderfully dark, it makes for a surprisingly different meal - try it with a fresh seafood and garlic sauce.
Stefano Sbiroli's pasta company in Bari and was started by his grandfather. The family have always insisted on only the best durum wheats grown in the area around Foggiano. The resulting pasta is of the highest quality with slightly roughened surface texture that holds sauces and oil dressings really well. Traditional production processes are employed, involving the laborious kneading, drawing and shaping of the paste through bronze dies, followed by slow drying at a low temperature for up to 48 hours (some of the strands have "umbrella handle" ends where they've hung over a line to dry). Certified Kosher.