art and a science.
We continuously monitor and adjust the pasta mixers, extruders, and dryers to optimize the process for the product. The result? Pasta that withstands the rigors of foodservice preparation and maintains optimal shape, texture, and flavor.
Our Process Sets Us Apart
We start with the finest ingredients. Durum wheat is milled to produce the golden semolina, whole wheat flour and durum flour used in all of our pasta. Our noodles are made with egg yolks and our vegetable pasta is made with natural spinach and tomato.
Most pasta shapes are formed by pushing freshly mixed dough through forming dies and cutting it to size. Openings on dies can be Teflon-coated to make pasta with a bright, shiny appearance, or bronze to create a more traditional "artisanal" appearance.
Long pasta, like spaghetti and fettuccine, are made by hanging the extruded pasta strands on rods which are conveyed through the dryer. Short pasta shapes, like elbows and penne, are placed on screens which are conveyed through the dryer. Specialty shapes such as bow ties, farfalle, and orecchiette are made by stamping the shapes out of a sheet of dough.
Proper drying is critical in the pasta-making process. Pasta is dried slowly as it travels through a continuous drying chamber for 3 to 10 hours, depending on the pasta shape. Exact control is maintained over temperature, humidity, and air flow, and each shape is dried according to very specific parameters.
Zerega Food service Facts
Our pasta is served in all types of restaurants, from quick serve to upscale to executive caterers.
Every Zerega pasta is designed to withstand the rigors of foodservice preparation.
All Zerega products offer a consistent taste, texture, and appearance to meet the high demands of customer satisfaction.
We provide an important link between operations that are unable to cook pasta on-site and processors who can provide frozen, individually quick frozen pasta, or fully-prepared dishes.
Designed to Perform
When your operation requires a special pasta shape, our technical team will work closely with you to identify and understand your requirements. Based on this information, we’ll recommend a shape and size, prepare the samples, submit it to your team for testing, and then revise it according to your needs.GEt Started
Responsive & Ready to Serve
Timing is Everything
When you’re ready to introduce a new dish, you want to get it to market as soon as possible. Our custom orders typically turn around in a day and go into full production in a week, with the same results during regular production as in your sample.