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Penne

Are the specialty brands and Italian imports worth the extra price?

What We Learned

In the past, domestic brands of dried pasta have repeatedly won top honors with our testers, but now that more specialty brands and Italian imports have hit store shelves, we decided to give fancy pasta another taste. We tried eight brands of penne, with some costing as much as $5 per pound. Though none were deemed unacceptable, there were significant differences among the brands we...