8. Vita Reale organic spaghetti. A bit slick, with a hint of nutmeg flavor. Available at Whole Foods markets, about $3 for 1 pound.
*10. Delverde spaghetti No. 4. Smooth, a little cardboardy. Available at Bay Cities and Giuliano's Italian Delicatessan and Bakery in Torrance, (310) 540-2500, about $2 for 1 pound.
10. Rustichella d'Abruzzo Organic stone-ground wheat spaghetti. Odd, spicy flavor (cinnamon?), smooth and a little dull. Not a good conveyer of olive oil flavor. Available at Whole Foods markets, Surfas and Bay Cities, about $5.50.
10. Trader Joe's Italian spaghetti. Firm, but not a great texture, a little dusty-tasting. Available at Trader Joe's stores, various locations, 69 cents for 1 pound.
13. De Cecco #12 spaghetti. Bland, with an unpleasant, chewy texture. Widely available, about $2 for 1 pound.
14. Martelli spaghetti. Bland, a bit wooden-tasting and stale. One panelist found the aftertaste pleasant. Available at Pavilion's markets, various locations, about $5 for 2.2 pounds.
15. Barilla spaghetti. A thin spaghetti, slick and one-dimensional. Widely available, about $1.50 for 1 pound.
16. Ferrara spaghetti #12. Slick, with an odd off-taste; a little sour. Available at Ralph's markets, about $1.60 for 1 pound, and Giuliano's Italian Delicatessen and Bakery in Redondo Beach, (310) 376-0416, about $2 for 1 pound.