What is the big deal about "fresh" home made pasta ??
For decades my family has been making pasta, first with knives on cutting boards, then by mechanical crank machine, now by Kitchen Aid attachment. It is a labor of love and a family event including the children in the process.
Also however, available at Costco are the large, inexpensive packages of Garofalo penne. Although Janeane Garofalo should not be allowed to procreate, the pasta is typical quality store bought pasta that has the advantage of being cooked to your level of al dente. The taste, with properly salted water, is excellent IMHO.
Being Abruzzese I have toured the De Cecco factory in Fara San Marino in search of an understanding of their manufacturing process and the wonderful product. They have some advantages.
Someone tell me why, whether I entertain guests or go to a restaurant, there is an expected orgasm when it is communicated that the pasta was make in house.