Item Purchased: Buitoni Spinach Cheese Tortellini (9 oz.)
Location Purchased: Dominick’s / 3145 S. Ashland / Chicago, IL
Price: $3.99 + tax
Review: Two observations before I assess the pasta I just ate. Number 1: From a graphic design point of view, do you really think it is a good idea to put the “dated for freshness” logo on this package right next to the text that says “since 1827. Number 2: The first listed ingredient in this pasta is “extra fancy enriched durum flour.” You can stop with enriched. You’ve got me. I’m not looking for fancy when I’m only spending four bucks on a meal.
This “fresh” pasta that can stay in the refrigeration section for months on end scares me sometimes. This is especially true when the pasta contains a foodstuff that caused an outbreak of plague-level sickness a while back.
My reservations shouldn’t be so dire, but rather more down to earth. The fact is, though this pasta is just fine, I’ve had dehydrated pasta with grated cheese that tasted just as good as this stuff. Sure, the texture of the pasta is much fresher than your run of the mill boxed pasta, but if texture was the only thing I cared about while eating, I’d chew on Play-Doh all day long. Besides, this pasta didn’t even cook evenly because of the bunched up and flattened edges.
Even the fine mix of cheeses inside of each tortellini doesn’t make this product worth the price.
Spend less than a third of the money on a bag of dehydrated wheat pasta and throw some grated cheese on top. You’ll be better off.
Rating: 2 / 5