Pasta is categorized in two basic styles: dried and fresh.
made without eggs can be stored for up to two years under ideal
conditions, while fresh pasta will keep for a couple of days in the
Under Italian law, dry
pasta (pasta secca) can only be made from durum wheat flour or durum
A widely noted, finished consistency of pasta is called al
dente (Italian for to the tooth), soft but with texture, sometimes even
with bite in the center.