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Villaware V177 Al Dente Pasta Machine

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  • Smooth, manual, crank operation for exceptional control.
  • Good, Functional Pasta Machine at a Value Price.
  • Many Optional Attachments (including angel hair, trenette, spaghetti, lasagnette, lasagna and ravioli).
  • The cutter head is removable for easy cleaning. A hand crank, clamp, directions, and recipes are all included.
  • Roller is 6 inches wide.
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Product Details

Product Manual [1.95mb PDF]
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00006RSIK
  • Item model number: V177
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #127,186 in Kitchen & Dining (See Top 100 in Kitchen & Dining)
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Product Description

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Looking to impress that special someone in your life? What better way than with homemade pasta. Villaware, a tradition of classic Italian kitchenware since 1906, provides the tools that make it easy. The Al Dente pasta machine, made of heavyweight chrome steel, is great for rolling dough and has a double-sided, 6-inch-wide blade for cutting spaghetti or fettuccine. The steel rollers are adjustable for kneading and there are seven thickness settings to accommodate individual preferences. Its manually controlled crank offers exceptional control, and a removable cutter head makes cleanup simple, while measuring only 6 inches wide--so you won't have to give up much counter space. The only drawback is that after tasting fresh, homemade pasta, it’s hard to go back to the packaged kind.

This easy-to-use pasta machine provides a great way to enjoy pasta just like they do in Italy. So pour that glass of red wine, toss a green salad, take the garlic bread out of the oven, and be ready to wow family and friends with a favorite pasta dish. Optional accessories are available for making angel hair, trenette, spaghetti, lasagnette, lasagna, and ravioli. Villaware makes it possible for anyone to make pasta that looks and tastes like it was made by the pros. Directions and a recipe book are also included to help you get started. This pasta machine carries a one-year warranty. --Catie Unger

Product Description

Villaware Al Dente Pasta Machine is great for individual or family use. It is a great functional pasta machine at a value price with many optional attachments. Dough Roller unit is 6 inches wide perfect for making lasagna noodles!

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Used about a dozen times.
weary consumer
This has worked very well and years later this machine is very clean.
Chicago Book Addict
We love the pasta that it makes.
L. Cluff

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

93 of 94 people found the following review helpful By John S. on August 9, 2007
I got this pasta maker about 2 years ago (as a gift, I would have bought a better one) and have used it 30-40 times.
I had a lot of problems at first and blamed them on this "cheap" machine.
This machine is made in China, not Italy.

Note I got the 5 piece set and not just the basic machine here.
The five piece set is a better deal. See:
V178 AL DENTE 5 Piece Pasta Set

You certainly should buy an Italian machine if you want the best, can't beat the Atlas or Imperia, but this machine works well enough for home use; and especially for the cost.

If your dough is sticking all around the rollers like the "I HAVE to wash this thing!" reviewer wrote, then you're not making your dough properly.

I HIGHLY recommend Pasta Tecnica if you're having problems with making pasta with this machine. The book pretty much solved all my issues and I found out that most of the problems I blamed on this machine were my own doing. See:
Pasta Tecnica
Follow the instructions in the book, and this machine works just fine.

I heartily agree with the other reviewer about the ravioli attachment; useless. Ravioli is just not that hard to make.
The best tool for making raviloi is here:
Pastry Crimper
Besides, it's real important to get all the air out of your ravioli so they don't burst while cooking and the ravioli attachment just can't do that.

By the way, it's true that you don't ever wash your pasta maker; if you make your dough correctly, you won't have to wash it. It's the same with ALL pasta machines and has been forever. Get a clean paintbrush to clean it.
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104 of 111 people found the following review helpful By Anne TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 4, 2007
One reviewer noted with frustration that the instruction booklet says that you aren't supposed to wash it with water. That's actually the way it is with all pasta machines--whether they say it or not. My mother has been making noodles with a machine like this for 25 years and I have had one for over 12 years. You are not supposed to wash them with water! And it is important to have the cutter because it cuts the noodles much more finely and more cleanly than you can with a knife. So, that's just a little general pasta machine info. I hope it is helpful to you!
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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful By S. Gray on April 6, 2008
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I almost didn't buy this pasta machine because it had what looked like a scathingly bad review - but after reading said review more closely, I realized I should probably ignore it.

And I was right. This is a great little machine! I had been making pasta on my own for a little while, using only my rolling pin and and a knife, prior to ordering. This makes it so much easier. I rolled a bit of scrap dough through it to work out the machine oil, as suggested - and I highly recommend doing so.

Since then I haven't looked back. I can mix up one egg's worth of pasta dough anytime I want and roll out a great batch of noodles. It hasn't given me a lick of trouble - stays at the thickness I set, rolls smoothly, dough doesn't stick, cleans up quickly and I'm off to cook my pasta. I love it!
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33 of 38 people found the following review helpful By R. Ophardt on May 13, 2007
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1. NEVER buy the RAVIOLI ATTACHMENT. It may look like it works. But it doesn't. At all. Not in any way. Out come mangled mushy pieces of dough. I spent a whole day trying to hold the pasta in exactly the right place to have it come out okay, but the most it will do is one good row. The others then proceed getting stuck. (The reason I say this here is that I am unable to make comments on the Ravioli attachment site, and I figure anyone who is gonna buy it will look here first anyways)

Otherwise, the pasta machine itself, while a bit of a hassle does allow for making pasta that looks more appealing than anything you could make yourself without its help. Not being able to wash it is a little annoying, but it seems to do its job. I must agree with other reviewers and say it does not look like the sturdiest piece of equipment. But for $20... hey, I'd buy it.
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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Cheryle S. Mittag on January 11, 2007
My Mom and Dad gave me an AL DENTE PASTA MACHINE for Christmas several years ago. My 5 adult kids just love the noodles it makes so, this year I got them each one for Christmas. They were all very happy about them, AND they have all used them already,(guess I'll make cooks out of them yet). I love mine, use it a lot, easy & fun to use, makes the best home-made noodles ever! Cheryle M. Lansing, Mi. Update- It's been a year since the kids have had their pasta machines and they still use them. My son made the spaghetti and said it's delicious. I haven't made it because I'm so hooked on the noodles! Hint-sprinkle and mix the noodles around with flour when you cut them so they don't stick together so much. YUMMY!
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By M. Aguilar on January 4, 2007
Sturdy and durable maker. We make fettuccine all the time, and we are getting fast at it. The ravioli make is difficult to work with and we will try making ravioli by hand next time. All in all, we love the pasta maker! Pasta tastes better this way too! I recommend Cooks Illustrated's "The Complete Book of Pasta and Noodles" to go with it.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 8, 2009
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Being new to pasta making, I decided to buy the VillaWare pasta machine instead of a more expensive brand just to test the waters and see if this was something I'd really do in "real life". I figured if I use it at least once a month, I could buy a better one next year. The machine arrived yesterday, and I've used it once, so I can't say anything about longevity (at least not yet - I'll update later), but here are my first impressions. It's heavy. Most of the heft comes from the detachable cutting heads, but even the roller unit felt pretty durable. I was relieved that this was not the flimsy piece of chrome plated nonsense that some reviews would have you believe. Since I had already read the manual online I got right to work. I made a simple egg dough in my bread machine, which I find gives it a very workable texture without much effort. I used about 6 ounces of dough to clear out the machine oil as recommended, and then tried it for real with some fresh dough. I had no trouble at all rolling my dough progressively thinner until it was very long and very thin. Passing through the cutters was very easy (fun even), but the noodles were still somewhat attached to each other. The solution for me was adding more flour to the dough, dusting the rollers with flour, and turning the crank slower. That did the trick and things went quickly from then on.
Some reviews mention flakes of metal in their dough, but I really don't see how that is possible. It does not have the kind of cheap chrome plating that would do that. Maybe they were just seeing the residual factory oil, or maybe VillaWare fixed the issue? Another review said you can't clean it. The thing comes apart very easily and I had no trouble brushing it clean.
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