Pleb query: my local overpriced gourmet store sells super expensive dried pasta ($8 - $15 per package). Is high-end imported dried pasta somehow really amazing or would I be a chump to try it out of curiosity?
Which producer? Rustichella d'Abruzzo, for example, at 3 € / 500 g (for the "regular" shapes), is amazing. I usually buy De Cecco though (500 g for 1.70 €-ish), which is very good and has a better qpr. $8-$15 sounds like a lot. How much are real canned San Marzano tomatoes?