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Jovial Organic Brown Rice Penne Rigate, 12-Ounce Packages (Pack of 6)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on October 17, 2011
After being diagnosed with celiac I tried at least a dozen brands of gluten free pasta before finding Jovial. Some were terrible and some were tolerable, but none were acceptable to my 5 year old until I tried Jovial. This is hands down by far the best gluten free pasta available on the market. It looks and tastes just like regular pasta. Anyone would be hard pressed to know this was gluten free pasta. Here in the NJ/NY metropolitan area we expect a lot from our pasta and Jovial would stand up with the best of them. Even my mother, who is undoubtedly the most finnicky eater I know, was fine eating this pasta, which is the best endorsement any food product can get. Don't hesitate to try this GF pasta, you will not be disappointed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on October 10, 2011
Every review I'd read of this pasta was glowing, so we thought we'd try it. I've been gluten free for almost two years, and so far, we've tried Trader Joe's, Tinkyada, Schar, Bionaturae, and Le Veneziane pastas. We assumed Jovial would quickly become our favorite. Instead, we found it somewhat disappointing. The flavor is very nice, but the texture was disappointingly similar to the other brown rice pastas we'd tried. We were careful to follow the timing recommendations on the box too. I have several more boxes, so if I make Jovial again with better results, I'll update this review. Meanwhile, our favorite pasta remains Le Veneziane.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on November 21, 2012
At the age of 36 I just had to switch to a gluten free diet due to allergies. Before this I was a total carboholic and lived on breads and pastas. I have to be honest in saying that when I switched to rice pasta I felt aside from the texture I wasn't missing out on anything I mean...I thought that pasta was just a vehicle for great sauces.

I originally received a free sample of this product when someone directed me to their website. From the first taste I realized that I had been missing the flavor of regular pasta....somehow this rice pasta is different from the rest both in texture and taste. It really tastes JUST LIKE regular wheat pasta. The texture and firmness seems to hold up a lot better too. I'm not sure how they did this but I'm so glad they did. I have been eating nothing but this brand of pasta now for a while and have no interest in even trying any other GF pasta.

So basically...if you can't eat gluten eat this pasta...and especially if you have had to recently change to a GF diet after years of eating regular wheat pasta then this really is the choice for you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 18, 2013
Okay, I came across the pasta today on sale at my local Publix. My husband has been recently diagnosed as gluten-intolerant. That was the worst day ever for me, as the cook in the family. I LOOOOOVE pasta, I was RAISED on pasta! I'm ITALIAN!! Now, of course I can still eat regular pasta, but I don't because it means having to cook TWO separate meals - yeah, not gonna happen. So anyway, I will give in and make GF pasta every once an a while, but it's always so mushy and falls apart. And don't get me started on the Tinkdaya fusilli - they look like you're eating a bowl of blood vessels or arteries! Why, oh why, are they hollow? Yuck! Anyway, in my attempt to make pasta for the husband, I thought I'd try a new brand. It's on sale, so I buy it. OMG - I LOVE THIS PASTA! Perfectly al dente, doesn't fall apart and TASTES like regular pasta! Looks like pasta is BACK on the menu!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 19, 2011
This pasta was very good. We had it with marinara sauce and gluten free meatballs. The whole family ate it, even those who don't have to follow a gluten free diet.
My one son said, "Just don't let it sit in the water after it's cooked or it doesn't taste as good". It did seem to take a little longer than the box said, but we did cook a double batch in less than double the water.
I recommend this product.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on October 13, 2012
Great pasta! We think this is the best GF pasta we have ever had. Can't find it locally, even though it is imported to our state! As close to wheat pasta as you can get.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 6, 2013
Yummy yummy pasta! I lived in Italy 13 years ... so I do appreciate good, al dente pasta.
I'm off to buy more...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon March 17, 2013
Got a big surprise recently when I shared a pizza with my husband. I literally could not breathe. I'd been cutting back on breads and I realized that the wheat caused an allergy attack.

Figured I would have to give up pasta, but no. Friends told me about Jovial.

Big surprise. I like Jovial Penne better than wheat pasta. Instead of the glue taste I get even in the better pastas, I get a nice nutty flavor. It's delicious with a garden tomato sauce. I can't wait to try a lasagna.

The pasta cooks about the same time as regular wheat pasta, too. Even if you're not allergic to wheat, it's worth trying Jovial for the taste.

My non-allergic husband likes it, too.

Rebecca McFarland Kyle, March 2013
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 26, 2013
This is the best gluten free alternative we've found to wheat pasta. Although it's not as good as wheat in taste or consistency, it's an acceptable option if you can't eat wheat. Rice-based alternatives like this however, tend to fall apart if cooked too long and when refrigerated after cooking. Nevertheless, it is reasonably good to eat when freshly cooked.

An editorial: Too many people are being falsely told they have a wheat allergy. We see this more frequently today, and specifically, we found that an allergist (not a physician) who claimed that my wife is gluten intolerant had overstated the facts as later verified by two allergy doctors. So, we're happily back to wheat pasta with no problems.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 4, 2011
I have tried many gluten-free pastas and they are pretty much horrible. And expensive. My best options pricewise have always been noodles from Chinese grocery stores (like Millet, Black Rice, and Mung). However, it is almost impossible to cook them al dente. In fact, they are not formulated for that. Asian cuisine usually prepares their noodles soft. This stuff is nothing short of amazing. It cooks al dente and if I didn't know any better, I would have sworn it was made from wheat. In fact, it is actually better than any whole-grain wheat pasta I have tried. If you find it on sale, buy a dozen boxes. I found 12 oz. spaghetti for $2.39 the other day at local HF store and am sorry I did not buy more.
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