Bought some Mario Batali Spaghetti at Harris Teeter because I think they were discontinuing it. It had originally been nearly $5 for a regular spaghetti package, and I paid around $2.50. We made it and Mr. Alka and I both thought, "Why would anyone pay $5 for this pasta??"
Why does a "celebrity" brand pasta get stocked and sold at $$$, when it is no better than Colavita, e.g.? (And in advance, I know snark comments will rule the day; however, I do really wonder why some celebs think "their" pasta is better than other good quality pasta). And now I hear "Why do you think Colavita is good?" kind of questions coming.
So, tell me, what dried pasta coming from Italy is better than others, and why are you willing to pay the price? Not a snarky question, because I'd really like to know what you think is the qualitative difference.
And, how much do you pay for a regular package of spaghetti, e.g.?