Product Type: Imperia Kitchenware
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Only Imperia will do
Imperia SP150 Pasta Machine
Member Name: Nattyvee
Imperia SP150 Pasta Machine
Advantages: Lasts a long time, no cleaning, makes the job easy
Disadvantages: Need a suitable corner surface which is not always easy to find, can wiggle around a lot, heavy
After a late night spree on Amazon, I somehow managed to convince myself that my life wouldn't be complete without owning my own pasta machine, and went with the Imperia after seeing a wealth of positive reviews (as well as negatives for anything that wasn't the Imperia!) I really thought I'd get bored of the thing like every other kitchen impulse buy I've made, but over a year later I'm still using it!
I can't speak for the other brands as this is the only one I've had, but it is definitely a fantastic bit of kit. It's rustic and charming, and does need a fair bit of elbow grease when using, as well as being firmly bolted to the counter top or table as it can wiggle about.
As someone brought up on dried and supermarket 'fresh' pasta, I was astonished at the difference making your own pasta makes to the taste and texture, and with the Imperia it's so easy to make. I tend to mix up the dough the night before (takes about 5 mins) and after a few hours/overnight in the fridge, just run it through the Imperia until it's smooth, definitely easier than endless kneading!
This device doesn't need cleaning, in fact washing it can break it, it just needs some oil such as rapeseed every now and again, and just make a bit of extra pasta if you've not used it in a while and throw the first piece away which will have cleaned the mechanism for you.
If you want to experiement, there's also lots of little attachments you can add, which don't cost too much, although the ones that come in the kit are enough for me, covering your bog-standard lasagne sheets, spaghetti and tagliatelle.
In short - don't be conned by the more convenient sounding 'automatic' models which many complain of breaking down further down the line, get this old favourite and enjoy it for years to come.
Summary: Sturdy old favourite, makes pasta making easy, more than a novelty!
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