We have been very lucky to share many wonderful meals at home with the Peduzzi family, owners of Rustichella d’Abruzzo pasta. Spending time in the kitchen with Nicolina Peduzzi, Gianlugi and Stefania’s mother, is a privilege and a wonderful learning experience. As Nicolina prepares the perfect sauce for a particular shape of pasta, one can’t help but notice the incredible quality of her ingredients. Her sauces are simple and made with produce from the family farm near Moscufo, on the Vestini hills overlooking the Adriatic Sea to the East and the great Apennine Mountains to the West.
The Rustichella d’Abruzzo sauces are made with high-quality ingredients such as those Nicolina uses at home in Pianella. Vine tomatoes picked at perfect ripeness, as well as the finest extra virgin olive oil from Abruzzo, set these sauces into a category of their own. Nicolina’s secret magic touch can be tasted in each one of the jars. Is it the ripeness of the tomato that makes these sauces so sweet? Is it the amount of extra virgin olive oil and Sicilian sea-salt that make them so perfect to use on other dishes, not just pasta? These sauces are ideal to use when making a chicken cacciatore, spaghetti or as a base for stew.
FAMILY SIZE – ITALIAN TOMATO SAUCE WITH BASIL – Tomato pulp (88%) and extra virgin olive oil, a whisper of basil and onion deliver complexity to the deep tomato flavor.
FAMILY SIZE – ITALIAN ARRABBIATA SPICY TOMATO SAUCE – Red tomato sauce with crushed hot red chile peppers, garlic and onion — spicy!
FAMILY SIZE – TOMATO SAUCE WITH OLIVES – Whole black olives bring toothsome texture and a delicate olive pungency to this delicious tomato sauce. We love it on pizza or as a base for fish stew.