Food in Movies

Garofalo: The Italian Pasta in Woody's New Film, To Rome With Love

Comments (0)


Thu, Apr 19, 2012 at 9:30 AM

click to enlarge Garofalo pasta
  • Garofalo pasta
There are movies where food has a starring role. And then there are times when eating is just another extra in the background. But when detail-minded Woody Allen shot his newest film, To Rome With Love, no morsel was left to chance.

As with any Italian-based film, eating looms large (that's what people do there, right?) So when the characters played by Jesse Eisenberg and Ellen Page decide to cook up something together, they head to the supermarket to shop for the main star of their meal: pasta.

What do they grab? Eschewing the industrially produced boxes of Barilla or Buitoni, they grab a big bag of Pasta Garofalo. Good choice.

They chose one of Italy's most respected (and delicious) brands, which hails from the pasta-making town of Gragnano, south of Naples. The air-dried, traditionally made pasta is considered one of the best in Italy.

And there's also the whole Garofalo cinema connection, which doesn't hurt. "Pasta Garofalo represents the best quality when it comes to taste. And the company's passion and dedication to the world of cinema makes them the ideal partner," says David Nichols, one of the film's co-producers.

As it turns out Garofalo doesn't limit its creativity to pasta alone. It has been behind five film shorts in recent years.

And how do Ellen and Jesse cook their pasta? Sorry. You'll have to see To Rome With Love to find out.

The film's release dates: Italy, April 20; U.S., June 22.

Elizabeth Minchilli blogs at elizabeth minchilli in rome. Follow her on Twitter @eminchilli.

Related Content

Now Trending

  • L.A. Bartenders Pick Their Favorite Tequilas

    In the past five years or so, tequila has experienced an upswing in popularity that defies prediction. Once the boozy choice of collegiate party animal shooter games, and relegated to single-use status in the margarita, the agave spirit has risen to a place not only of respect, but adoration. The...
  • 5 Great Sandwiches Worth the Drive to Atwater Village

    If Tacos Villa Corona were open reasonable hours, this list probably wouldn’t exist — what point would there be in seeking out other cheap and hearty lunch options in a neighborhood already blessed with such spectacular burritos? But thanks to their abbreviated schedule, we have found ourselves on an island, stranded and...
  • 10 Best Gluten-Free Pizzas in L.A.

    Pizza is something that invariably inspires heated debate.  Lately, it seems only one other thing invites such passionate argument: gluten. The gluten protein is what gives wheat dough its structure, loft and elasticity.  Which is why trying to find a really good gluten-free pizza has always been like looking for unicorns...


  • The Year in L.A. Food (So Far)
    We've got so many restaurants, you could eat at a different joint every day of the year -- and probably the rest of your life -- and never go to the same place twice. It would be impossible (both physically and financially) to try them all, but luckily, you have us. Check out The Year in L.A. Food (So Far).
  • Ladies Gunboat Society at Flores
    At Ladies Gunboat Society, the new operation out of the restaurant that used to be Flores on Sawtelle Boulevard, the Hoppin’ John is served as an appetizer or a small plate rather than a side, and the price is the stuff of comedy.
  • Malibu Pier Restaurant and Bar
    Malibu Pier Restaurant and Bar, with chef Jason Fullilove at the helm, is in the two buildings at the pier’s entrance that used to be Beachcomber Cafe and Ruby’s Diner. Those buildings, which have been overhauled completely, reflect both the pier’s 109-year-old history and the cultural import of Malibu itself.