166 of 172 people found the following review helpful
Lots of fun. Well built.,
This review is from: CucinaPro 177 Pasta Fresh Pasta Machine (Kitchen)
I've had mine for about 5 years and through about 3 cycles of enthusiasm. It is relatively easy to use but does require some patience and testing. What is the 'right' thickness for your pastas? Depends on how you prepare the dough (amt of water, eggs -- if any). Also, it is also critical to set up a drying rack of some sort. I ended up with about 10 dowel rods that I had to hang from the ceiling. There are drying racks on the market but I have not been impressed by their construction. Next best alternative it to temporarily lay out the pasta on wax paper as you work -- make lots of room.
All that was for perspective on the logistics, but otherwise I have to say this is an easy way to make yourself feel like a gourmet. The taste is unlike anything you'll get at the store -- notably better than pre-packaged fresh. And yes, friends will be impressed. Solid construction -- I promise you won't need to buy a second one. A great book to go with is 'The Pasta Bible' -- one of the few books with dough recipies as well as sauces.