This is #RonzoniGate.
Ronzoni is under fire for discontinuing one of his most popular pasta shapes: Pastine.
The little star-shaped pasta, known to many as the star of the Soup dish commonly referred to as “Italian penicillin”, will no longer be made by the domestic pasta producer.
“We listen to you and we greatly appreciate your love for Ronzoni Pastina. After extensive efforts, we regrettably announce that Ronzoni Pastina is being discontinued,” the official statement shared on both instagram Y Twitter read, with the company noting, “This was not an easy decision to make.”
The brand explained that its “long-term supplier” informed Ronzoni’s representatives that it would no longer produce the tiny, star-shaped macaroni from January 2023.
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“We searched extensively for an alternative solution, but were unable to identify a viable option to make Pastina the same small, beloved shape, size and standards you have 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 concluded with a few words of hope: “Your passion for Ronzoni fuels our passion to deliver for you. We have not given up, but as of today, we can no longer offer Ronzoni Pastina to our customers. Thank you for your understanding and trust.” in Ronzoni pasta.”
Despite Ronzoni’s allusion to the idea that the discontinued product could eventually return to store shelves, fans are pretty upset about their current loss.
One 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 pastina,” one very disgruntled customer tweeted, adding: “You are killing our childhood and memories of our Italian grandmothers by discontinuing this product.”
“Big mistake, HUGE” stated another.
“All #Italian-Americans need to boycott @ronzonipasta for his treasonous interruption of #pastina – Italian penicillin,” one more tweeted.
Some even took the opportunity to let their anger at Ronzoni boil over, venting in the comments all their frustration over recent changes to the company’s pasta.
“Listens, @ronzonipasta. Don’t you tweet for 3 years and then release this to the whole world? What about the Rigatoni No. 27? Fusilli discontinued? Where are all the Tubettini and Alphabets? Are you aware of the #PastaWars? Take your excuses elsewhere. This is #RonzoniGate,” someone else shared along with some reference photos of the pasta in question.
“First they cancel Tubettini…….now they cancel Pastina……” someone else mocked.
Others, however, have shown their allegiance 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 trust when their kids are sick and out of school,” one Twitter user said. user joked.
The passive aggressiveness continued, with someone else tweeting: “Aimed at Barilla if they can’t deliver Pastina when we want it, Ronzoni. Discontinue? Really disappointing…@BarillaUS @barillagroup Thank you, Barilla!!!! I’ll find it and order it because I’m in the deep south and it’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’s competition, He golden girls and more, which you can see below!
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