Don't Like Barilla's Anti-Gay Statements? Eat This Pasta Instead

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Yesterday, the CEO of Italian company Barilla said in an interview that "gays can eat other pasta" if they didn't like the fact that the company does not include LGBT people in its advertising.

DeCecco
Image: Alex of Gothenburg via Flickr

“We won’t include gays in our ads, because we like the traditional family. If gays don’t like it, they can always eat another brand of pasta. Everyone is free to do what they want, provided it doesn’t bother anyone else.”

Guido Barilla also said he doesn't agree with gay adoption.

As if that weren't enough, in a backtracking statement, he clarified that women should be the ones in the kitchen.

“With reference to statements made yesterday, I apologize if my words have generated controversy or misunderstanding, or if they have hurt the sensibilities of some people. In the interview I simply wanted to highlight the central role of the woman in the family.”

Tweeters the world over were not amused.

Along with a lot of other people calling for a Barilla boycott, I'm ready to take this thick spaghetti and shove it. But alas for home cooks, Barilla is very often the best dried pasta you can find on supermarket shelves -- and it's often the first box you see there, since it's the leading pasta manufacturer in the world. I've done some poking through my notes, and I've come up with some recommendations. (And since I don't waste food, I'll follow up in the comments tonight with a little pasta comparison between Barilla and whatever else is in my pantry.)

DRIED PASTA: TRY DECECCO OR GAROFALO

DeCecco
Image: Trishhhh via Flickr

Bon Appetit hosted a recent pasta taste-off by Italian-inspired chefs Jamie Oliver and Mark Ladner. Barilla very, very barely edged out De Cecco in the test; both winning hands-down over other brands. America's Test Kitchen actually gave the edge to De Cecco in a recent spaghetti tasting, and Chow.com and The Kitchn recommend De Cecco as well. I'm a fan myself -- it's a totally decent supermarket brand. And it's harder to find, but I also like Garofalo -- I've spotted it at Costco.

WHOLE-WHEAT PASTA: TRY DELALLO OR WHOLE FOODS

Consumer Reports recommends Whole Foods' 365 Everyday Organic and Trader Joe's Organic, while America's Test Kitchen likes Bionaturae. A Huffington Post panel gave the edge to DeLallo (blogger Maria of Two Peas And Their Pod and Kalyn of Kalyn's Kitchen are DeLallo fans, too (Kalyn also likes Garofalo).

GLUTEN-FREE PASTA: TRY TINKYADA, JOVIAL, OR BIONATURAE

Karina of Gluten-Free Goddess likes Tinkyada, and Shauna of Gluten Free Girl and the Chef recommends Jovial. Elise of Simply Recipes recommends Bionaturae gluten-free.

TRY SOME ARTISANAL PASTA

If now's the time to spend a little extra on pasta? It does make a difference. Stephanie Stiavetti has a great list on Michael Ruhlman's blog, including Rustichella d'Abruzzo (my favorite), Cipriani, and Baia. I've also heard good things about Latini but haven't tried it yet.

Which brands of pasta do you like? And what are your feelings on the Barilla hullabaloo?

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