I heard someone say this on television the other day and I happen to agree 100%. And as a matter of fact I think that the same holds trues for sandwiches and pizza (i.e. great fillings or toppings can't save a sandwich or pizza made with lousy bread or crust).
The importance of great bread, crust and pasta I believe is so underestimated by our culture when preparing sandwiches, pizza and pasta dishes. And it's the cheapest component! Why are these items which are so simple to prepare so often neglected in primarily mainstream restaurant establishments?