Frequently Asked Questions

How does Twirl Pasta achieve a 90 second cook time? It takes me 15 minutes just to boil the water?


Do I have to use Twirl brand spaghetti in the Cucina?

Are other pasta shapes available?

Does Twirl Pasta offer organic pasta?

Where do I purchase Twirl Pasta brand spaghetti and pasta sauce?

How many different Twirl Pasta sauces are there?

What if I want to offer my own special pasta sauces?

What are the serving sizes of Twirl Pasta meals?

90 seconds is still too long for my line of lunchtime customers. What can I do?

Does the Cucina require much cleaning?

Are mineral deposits from our water a problem?

Can I rent or lease the Cucina?

Can the Cucina 2000 be private labeled?

How do I become a Twirl Pasta distributor?

Will the Twirl Pasta concept be franchised?

Is the Twirl Pasta intended as a vending concept?

Can I invest in Twirl Pasta?

How does Twirl Pasta achieve a 90 second cook time? It takes me 15 minutes just to boil the water?

Twirl Pasta uses two technologies to get this phenomenal performance. First, our Cucina automatic pasta cooker uses a patented cooking kettle and some ingenious engineering and software programming to cook pasta under pressure in super-hot water (250° F). Second, our pasta is manufactured for us as special, hollow form spaghetti that allows the pasta to be cooked inside and outside at the same time.

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Do I have to use Twirl brand spaghetti in the Cucina?
Yes. Not only does Twirl Pasta brand spaghetti allow the Cucina to achieve these super-fast cook times but also the pasta is manufactured for us with less starch. We specify less starch so that the cooking kettle and the water lines in the Cucina will run for longer periods of time free of residues that clog the water lines. Using other pasta could cause service problems for the Cucina and will result in an undercooked, inferior final product for your customer.

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Are other pasta shapes available?
Not at this time. Spaghetti is far and away the most popular pasta shape in the world so this is where we have started. We are working with our pasta manufacturer to develop other shapes that could work in this amazingly short cooking time. We hope to introduce another shape in 2009.

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Does Twirl Pasta offer organic pasta?
Twirl Pasta does not at present offer organic pasta. We have tested and approved a formulation that works with the Cucina. As our installation base grows we will be able to offer this option.

Where do I purchase Twirl Pasta brand spaghetti and pasta sauce?
Twirl Pasta brand food products can be purchased directly on line. All of our products are compact and shelf stable at ambient temperatures for long periods so we suggest that you purchase a three month supply to consolidate your shipping.

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How many different Twirl Pasta sauces are there?
Presently we offer four Twirl Pasta sauces. Around the world tomato is by far the most popular pasta sauce, so three of our first sauces are tomato-based. Napoletana is a traditional marinara-type sauce, Piccante appeals to those that like a little spice in their life, and Mediterranean is a basil-infused sauce. A scrumptious pesto sauce completes the offerings. As the Twirl Pasta program develops we will offer many more complex and varied tastes.

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What if I want to offer my own special pasta sauces?
That’s absolutely not a problem. All of our Cucina models allow you to prepare “pasta only” in less than 90 seconds so that you can offer your own special sauces. Our Cucina 2000 PRO is dedicated to producing only pasta while our Cucina 2000 PLUS offers this possibility plus the automatic dispensing of our Twirl Pasta sauce packets. Operators who serve their own sauces typically set up a bain marie near the Cucina to keep their special sauces warm and close at hand to be ladled over the pasta.

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What are the serving sizes of Twirl Pasta meals?
While there is some adjustability in the amount of pasta prepared with each serving, the maximum full portion is 100 grams (this is about 4 ounces). The Twirl Pasta sauce packet is 95 grams or 3.35 ounces. Together this constitutes a generous serving for an adult.

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90 seconds is still too long for my line of lunchtime customers. What can I do?
This is a good problem. The Cucina 2000 PRO will allow you to queue up as many as 9 orders. While the first order is delivered in 90 seconds, the following orders 1-8 are delivered in 60 seconds. If you also want to use the Twirl Pasta sauce packets, they can be kept warm and ready to serve in hot water. If you need still greater production capacity you should consider a bank of Cucinas.

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Does the Cucina require much cleaning?
The Cucina requires almost no cleaning. The cooking process is completely enclosed so there is scarcely any evidence that a complete pasta meal has been quickly prepared and quietly delivered. Because Twirl Pasta sauces are sealed in packets there are no messy saucepans or spills to clean.

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Are mineral deposits from our water a problem?
When the Cucina is not in active use, it is programmed to periodically flush out the internal water lines and the cooking kettle chambers to prevent a buildup of mineral deposits from the water. However, the Cucina should be thoroughly “de-limed” on a regular basis. We recommend a quarterly schedule as a wise preventive maintenance strategy but the necessary frequency will depend entirely on the quality of your local water supply and whether you pre-filter the water. We strongly recommend installation of a water filter on the supply line to the Cucina. We supply an environmentally friendly citric cleaner that will not damage the coating of the cook chamber.

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Can I rent or lease the Cucina?
Yes. Twirl Pasta uses the supporting financial services of several equipment leasing companies to provide flexible lease/purchase programs to qualifying foodservice operators. This option conserves your investment capital and allows your successful pasta program to make the monthly lease payment and produce generous cash flow to build your business. In some circumstances Twirl Pasta will consider a volume-based rental program for qualified foodservice operators. Please complete our Prospective Twirl Operator form.

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Can the Cucina 2000 be private labeled?
While we are partial to the warm, friendly glow of the yellow and gold cabinet coloring of the Cucina 2000 Series, these color schemes can be customized to match your company colors or your design motif and the front display panel can be adapted to promote your private label.

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How do I become a Twirl Pasta distributor?
Until we have achieved important cost reductions by volume production, Twirl Pasta will be sold directly. However, we welcome and encourage the participation of foodservice equipment dealers to help us develop the market.

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Will the Twirl Pasta concept be franchised?
There are no current plans to franchise Twirl Pasta. Once the program has been firmly established and production volumes can support lower costs the possibility of franchise may be investigated.

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Is Twirl Pasta intended as a vending concept?
Vending is certainly one possibility with Twirl Pasta. The Cucina 2000 Vending model supports cash and/or credit card sales but it is not yet constructed to operate without an operator in the vicinity. Our future plans include a full vending model that can withstand the rigors of remote location.

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Can I invest in Twirl Pasta?
Twirl Pasta is not currently seeking funding. However, we appreciate your interest in Twirl Pasta. A new private company that anticipates strong growth we recognize that as we build our financial model and can more closely project the financial requirements to support our development we may require capital support. If you are an accredited investor interested to learn more about potentially investing please contact Arthur Harrison at Norumbega Ventures, LLC (781-307-3881). This is not a solicitation or offer to sell securities, shares, or units in the company.

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