It is not surprising that pasta cooking is being revolutionised by an Italian company. But it does seem unusual at first glance that two frenchmen assist Alessi in doing so. But if you look a little closer, you will quickly realise that no other duo would have been more suited for the task:
One a professional chef who knows all there is to know about good food - naturally including pasta - and the other a specialist for design and functionality. Highly awarded starred chef Alain Ducasse and renowned French designer Patrick Jouin.
But when listing those involved in the project, one should not forget to mention the Italian design manufacture: Represented by Alberto Alessi - design specialist, hobby cook and pasta-loving Italian - the visual and gustatory perfection is guaranteed... even if the cooking method is “so radically different from classic tradition that conservative spirits would turn in their graves!” as Alberto Alessi predicts. But now to the result of the multi-year project: the Pasta Pot, which revives the ancient form of pasta preparation – namely that of cooking.
The model for this project came from cooking methods of former olive-pickers, who cooked pasta like a risotto in order to save water and utensils. The result is a three-layered casserole with lid, cooking spoon and coaster that combine the quality of traditional cooking with the demands and design ideas of the 21st century. For this simple preparation, all ingredients are cooked at the same time: First, the pasta is cooked with spices and different sauce ingredients.
Next, you add water or broth in order to let everything cook under the lid. Using this cooking technique, so-called boiling down, allows the starch to give strength to the pasta and gives and ideal concentration of aroma. “The result is a healthy, natural and especially tasty meal that is fast and easy to prepare”, Alain Ducasse explains. “It is a traditional method that I have revived in my restaurant Le Louis XV in Monaco and whose secret Alessi is revealing today.” The Alessi Pasta Pot offers all in one and is also good for serving the meal thanks to its design and matching trivet. An external coating of magnet steel allows the three-layer casserole to be used on induction stoves.
The integrated space for the cooking spoon directly in the handle is also practical. A small recipe book guides you along the first cooking tries. “I have tried all the recipes and can ensure you that you will be able to handle the “Pasta Pot” perfectly, creating your own culinary delicacies”, according to Alberto Alessi. Pasta cooking set including a multiply casserole, a glossy polished stainless steel 18/10 lid, a spoon and a melamine resin trivet.