With many pasta making machines for the home kitchen available in the market, users should know exactly what they are looking for in their machine. Most machines are hand-cranked and clamp to the counter-top, some are electric, having plastic or metal bodies, and may be available in roller or fully-automated extrusion models.
The CucinaPro 160 Imperia Electric Pasta Maker made by Imperia is an electric roller machine for the home kitchen, that promises quick and easy motorized pasta making. Let us find out if it delivers on its promises.
CucinaPro 160 Features
The CucinaPro 160 weighs 13 pounds and measures around 9 X 6.5 X 12.5 inches, with a silver-colored body made of a combination of steel and plastic. It is a roller type electric pasta maker that comes with two built-in cutters for fettuccine and tagliatelle. The roller width is 5 and 3/4 inches and the maximum roller opening is 1.9mm. The machine uses nominal power of 85 watts.
The rollers have non-stick coatings to make the process smooth and safe. The machine also comes with six thickness settings for different kinds of pasta. You can switch from one thickness to another with a simple knob even while you’re running the machine, and the change is smooth.
The CucinaPro 160 is made in Italy and according to North American electrical standards. So the model can be plugged into a standard 120 volt output but you can find 220 volt models in Italy. It also comes with a 1 year limited manufacturer warranty.
The motorized roller means that there is no need to turn the hand-crank manually, leaving both hands free to stretch and work with the dough as it comes out. It also means no exhaustion from hand-cranking as is usual with manual pasta making machines. Additionally, since there is no need for clamping the machine down, like most electric machines, it is easier to setup and take down, saving the user some precious time. The non-stick coating also makes use and cleaning easier.
The machine is good for making standard types of pasta. When it comes to the versatility of the machine in making varieties of pasta, you can have freshly cut fettuccine or tagliatelle straight from the machine. If you want other types of pasta, you may have to use a ravioli press or pastry wheels to cut the flattened sheets of dough to the pasta you want. This is not a very big problem, however, since it is an upgrade from most hand-cranked machines that make pasta-making a lot of work. The six thicknesses also let you have plenty of control over the quality of fresh pasta that you make.
The largely steel make of the machine also means that it is sturdier than standard plastic models, and will last longer. It is not chrome plated, being made of stainless steel instead. This means the machine will be resistant to rust, unlike chrome-plated machines which need careful maintenance.
One limitation of the machine is that it limits automatic cutting to only two types of pasta. If you want to make a variety of pastas like 2mm spaghetti, 1.5mm angel hair, 2 mm tagliatelle, 4mm trenette, 12 mm lasagnette etc., you will need to purchase the additional Simplex cutters that are available from Imperia. However, these attachments, as well as the RavioliMaker attachments for 30X30mm and 50X50mm ravioli and other attachments for making Gnocchetti Sardi, Rigatelli etc. are supported by the CucinaPro 160.
Another issue that some users have with this Imperia model is that even though it promises fast and easy pasta making with the electric roller, the roller can be slow. This could be an issue for some people who are used to faster machines, but not a problem for others who have been using hand-cranked machines.
Overall, the CucinaPro 160 is a good, handy automatic machine that will let you enjoy freshly made pasta with the best ingredients at home, without the hard work of manual pasta makers. It is durable, rust-resistant, and lets you automatically cut fettuccine and tagliatelle. But if you want more varieties of automatic pasta making, you may want to purchase additional attachments, also by Imperia, or look at another machine altogether. At around $449 on Amazon.com, this model is pricier than manual models but at an affordable range for automatic pasta makers.
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