The sad story of penne lisce in the days of Coronavirus
Penne lisce remained on the shelves, snubbed by the Italians even during the apocalypse...
Italy was the first European nation to develop a Covid-19 outbreak. While the government was putting ideas in order, the Italians poured into supermarkets to stock up on essential goods: canned food, toilet paper, detergents, frozen foods. And of course... pasta!
This "race to the last pack of pasta" has highlighted a thorny issue: penne lisce is the most detested pasta by Italians.
The photos taken on supermarket shelves have made this reality really evident. It was all over: penne rigate, spaghetti, macaroni. And penne lisce? No, there it was, snubbed even during the apocalypse.
It goes without saying, this sparked a debate on social media that has raged for days.
"I keep looking at this photo I took earlier in the supermarket, and I think the biggest loser of this virus is penne lisce. Italians think it’s shit, even as they panic and prepare for the apocalypse."
And the jokes continue:
"I am thinking of a partypostpandemy based on light drugs and all you can eat pasta, which will then be penne lisce because you left me only those, you bastards."
However, De Cecco, a famous Italian pasta producer, wishes to clarify that "not all penne lisce are the same".
The texture of penne lisce is generally smooth on the surface, so the sauce does not grab on them. Unlike penne rigate which has tiny carved lines on the surface and holds onto the sauce better. But what De Cecco says, in part, is true: the bronze-drawn pasta is rough, and collects the sauce, even if it's smooth.
Despite this, the truth is that the smooth penne for an Italian is almost a 'punishment', they look like a hospital or college food. I don't know why, but it is so.
Obviously many memes have been made about it. In one of these Marie Antoinette is holding a Barilla box of penne lisce, reading, "If they don't have anymore bread, they eat penne lisce."
At this point a poll seems necessary: