Our friends try to promote a Friday night tradition that they call "Italian Shabbat." That's a Friday night with friends and Italian food. They put on terrific food, and I stole the easy part: a thick, long pasta called bucatini.
That's thicker than spaghetti, but just as easy to make. It's actually a long hollow tube. Terrific with the meat sauce that our friends (let's call them "The Cordis Couple") served. Terrific with all kind of pasta sauces that I have tried since I started buying bucatini in Wegmans in Columbia.
DeCecco's bucatini is a few dollars a box. That's more than almost every other brand of pasta. But the noodles themselves are delicious, and there is something fun in splurging on a luxurious shape.