One of the very, very minor inconveniences of 2020 — the great bucatini shortage — may finally be coming to a close. De Cecco, whose bucatini was being held up by the USDA due to a lack of fortifying iron, has solved their deficiency.
Rachel Handler tried to get to the bottom of the conspiracy but the executives at De Cecco kept their focus on the pasta. This truly is a delightfully wholesome interview.
So who do you think sold you out to the FDA?
GC: We are busy providing the highest quality of pasta in the market. So to your point that you raise in your article, we don’t know if this was a maneuver from our competitors. And to be honest, we don’t care. We don’t do this kind of thing. We are busy giving the highest-quality pasta to our consumers. We want to believe it was a random search from the FDA, and, glass half full, I am glad they let us know about this issue and we corrected it.
So you’re saying you don’t know? You have no idea?
GC: Not only that, I don’t know if it was a tip-off, and even if it was, personally I don’t care. We are busy providing our mission, which is providing the best, highest-quality pasta. We don’t care. We know these things happen in the market. We personally don’t do these things, but if they do, let them. It’s sad to think about wasting time doing something like this when you could have better service to your clients. I’m not interested in knowing if there was somebody behind this plot.
(A very special thanks to my friend Paul Kafasis for letting me know about this important update.)