Orzo means "barley" in Italian because of its grain-shape. This pasta, shaped like a melon seed, belongs to what Italians call pastina: pasta that is used in soups. Unfortunately, this shape is often made with very low-gluten quality semolina, so it becomes mushy and unpleasant. Unlike common orzo however, this orzo from Rustichella d'Abruzzo keeps its shape and texture and has a pleasurable bite and texture.
Especially great for use in soups, but also wonderful as a contorno ("side dish") with pesto or in salads.
Founded by Rolando Beramendi in 1988, Manicaretti is an importer and wholesaler of the finest Italian foods to retailers and restaurants throughout the United States. Through Friends of Manicaretti, we also offer a selection of exceptional, artisanal products from France, Spain, and beyond.
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