Foodies outraged as beloved pasta brand ditches comforting little star-shaped pastina

‘It’s #RonzoniGate.’

Ronzoni is being criticized for ditching one of its most popular pasta shapes: Pastina.

The small star-shaped pasta, known to many as Star of the soup dish regularly called “Italian penicillin”, will no longer be made by the domestic pasta producer.

“We hear you and greatly appreciate your love for Ronzoni Pastina. After considerable effort, we announce with regret that Ronzoni Pastina is discontinued,” reads the official statement shared on Instagram and Twitter, with the company noting, “This is not was not an easy decision to make.”

The brand explained that its “longtime supplier” informed Ronzoni representatives that it would no longer produce the tiny star-shaped macaroni from January 2023.

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“We have extensively researched an alternative solution, but have been unable to identify a viable option to manufacture Pastina in the same beloved petite shape, size and standards you’ve come to expect from Ronzoni,” according to the statement. “As a result, we had to make this difficult decision to discontinue this product.”

The statement ended with some words of hope: “Your passion for Ronzoni fuels our passion to deliver to you. We didn’t give up, but from today we can no longer offer Ronzoni Pastina to our customers. Thank you for your understanding and trust in Ronzoni pasta.”

Despite Ronzoni’s hint that the discontinued product could eventually return to store shelves, fans are quite upset at their current loss.

An Instagram user is too heartbroken to eat his lost box, joking, “I’m putting my latest box in a display case and framing it in my living room.”

“Boycott all Ronzoni products until they bring back the pastina,” tweeted a very unhappy customer, adding, “You are killing our childhood and memories of our Italian grandmothers by discontinuing this product.”

“Big mistake, HUGE,” said another.

“All #Italian-Americans must boycott @ronzonipasta for their traitorous interruption of #for sure – Italian penicillin, another tweeted.

A few even took the opportunity to vent their rage at Ronzoni, spitting all their frustration at the company’s recent pasta changes in the comments.

“Listen, @ronzonipasta. You don’t tweet for 3 years and then unleash it on everyone? What’s up with the smaller Rigatoni No. 27? You’re out of Fusilli? Where are all the Tubettini and Alphabets? Are you aware of #PastaWars? Take your excuses elsewhere. It’s #RonzoniGate,” someone else shared alongside some reference photos of the pasta in question.

“First they cancel Tubettini…….now they cancel Pastina……” someone else sneered.

Others, however, have wavered their loyalty to other pasta brands that still supply the famous mini macaroni.

“I’m glad my mom has always bought Barilla, a pasta company Italian-American moms can rely on when their kids are sick at home,” one Twitter user said. user joked.

The passive aggression continued, with someone else tweeting: “Go to Barilla if you can’t deliver pastina when we want Ronzoni. Are you quitting?! Really disappointing…@BarillaUS @barillagroup thank you barilla!!!! I’m going to find it and order it because I’m in the deep south and that’s not common here,” to which Barilla replied, “We appreciate your loyalty to us!!

And then there were the memes – which included people like The SopranosRonzoni contest, The golden girls and more, which you can check out below!

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