Villaware V177 Al Dente Pasta Machine

  • Smooth, manual, crank operation for exceptional control.
  • Good, Functional Pasta Machine at a Value Price.
  • Many Optional Attachments (including angel hair, trenette, spaghetti, lasagnette, lasagna and ravioli).
  • The cutter head is removable for easy cleaning. A hand crank, clamp, directions, and recipes are all included.
  • Roller is 6 inches wide.

Product Description
Villaware Al Dente Pasta Machine is great for individual or family use. It is a great functional pasta machine at a value price with many optional attachments. Dough Roller unit is 6 inches wide perfect for making lasagna noodles!Pasta Machine Reviews
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Villaware V177 Al Dente Pasta Machine

2 thoughts on “Villaware V177 Al Dente Pasta Machine

  1. I recieved this product tossed in a large box with out any type of bubble protection. It was so dented from being loose in the box I couldn’t even give it to the person I bought it for. I’ve emailed but they haven’t even replied. Guess it’s not important to them.
    Rating: 2 / 5

  2. This pasta machine is cheap, and there are good reasons for that. I’ll begin this review with a few quotes from the instruction booklet:

    “Never wash the machine with water”

    “Simply wipe the pasta machine clean with a dry cloth. Use a dry pastry brush to dust flour and bits of dough from hard to reach places.”

    Yes, you’re not supposed to actually wash this pasta machine. If I had known that before buying, I wouldn’t have bought it. In my opinion, any kitchen item which comes in intimate contact with my food must be cleanable! Whisking with a pastry brush doesn’t do the job.

    I used this gadget once. Here are my findings, which hopefully will help you decide whether this item will be worth your money:

    1) It clamps onto a working surface with a G clamp. Because of the wide flanges on the end of the clamp, I cound not attach it to any section of my kitchen counter. My countertop simply does not stick out that far. I finally ended up clamping it onto my kitchen table.

    2) According to the instruction manual, “The machine will have some excess oil from the factory to protect it before it reaches you.” To remove the oil, the manual instructs you to run some dough through it over and over. So that’s what I did, for about 20 minutes. Over and over, watching the lump of dough get grimy and streaked with oil, wondering when it was going to get clean enough to work with something that I was eventually going to eat, because, as I had to remind myself, I must not use soap and water!

    3) When I could no longer see streaks of oil, I threw the now-discolored “tester dough” away. I was using dough for wheat noodles – using my own wheat-flour-salt recipe, as the one in the booklet includes eggs, and using dough made with eggs in a nonwashable machine was a little more than I was willing to try. I passed some dough through the flattening rollers, and that worked well enough. But when I passed the flattened strips of dough through the noodle cutters – well, the wide noodles did not come out neat and already separated; I had to pull them apart by hand, which was a headache when I had a pile of noodles-to-be. The finer noodle cutter did no better, and the dough got caught in the sides of the rollers and under the guard. That, and the prospect of manually pulling apart all those fine little noodles, discouraged me from using that head any more.

    4) After I cut all the noodles and set them in boiling water to cook, I took off the cutting head and found that dough was stuck in the corners, between the cutting heads, and especially under the guard. I did my best to clean it with a dry cloth and a pastry brush, as the manual described, but there was no way that was going to remove the wads of dough stuck in all the crannies, especially under the guard, where the brush cannot reach at all. I then took the head to the sink and washed it with soap, water, and a brush as well as I could, because I consider the risk of rust to be preferable to the risk of unclean food preparation surfaces. I then blow-dried it, hoping that that would eliminate the water before it could do any damage.

    5) However, when I looked the next day, on turning the rollers – yep, rust.

    So, in conclusion – the purpose of a kitchen gizmo like this is to save the work of doing everything manually. In this case that would be rolling out the dough and cutting it yourself. It does that only passably, depending on how willing you are to separate semiperforated noodles. In the end, I spent more time attempting to clean this thing than I would have just using a rolling pin and knife. If you’re advanced enough to make your own noodles, then it’s very likely you understand the importance of clean food preparation surfaces – a basic element of kitchen safety – and will not want to use a gadget that rusts if you subject it to soapy water.
    Rating: 1 / 5

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