Per your recommendation, I will have to give this another look. My experience has been one of uninspiring uniformity, but I'm happy to hear that there are differences out there. Thanks for that!I do disagree with you about dried pasta though...good quality dried pasta made from durum wheat tastes amazing and if you buy the ones extruded through a bronze die then you also get the perfect slightly rougher surface. My favourite dried pasta brand is De Cecco, but I'm also happy to use Barilla and Garofalo. I steer well clear of the cheaper brands though.....anything not made with 100% durum wheat just isn't worth it.