Ronzoni ends Pastina Tiny Star-Shaped Pasta and fans are upset

  • Ronzoni is discontinuing its popular tiny star-shaped parsnip pasta this month.
  • The company said it was due to a supplier issue and it was “unable to identify a viable alternative.”
  • Fans are mourning the loss of the pasta on social media and starting petitions to revive it.

Ronzoni says arrivederci to one of his most beloved pastas – the little star-shaped pastina.

The brand announced plans to discontinue the pasta this month in an Instagram post shared on Tuesday, writing that the “difficult decision” was the result of an issue with the supplier and came “after extensive efforts” to avoid having to drop the product .

“This was not a decision we wanted to make,” the company wrote in its post. “Unfortunately, our long-term supplier informed us that they would no longer be making Ronzoni Pastina from January 2023.”

Ronzoni continued: “We searched extensively for an alternative solution, but were unable to identify a viable option to create Pastina in the same beloved little shape, size and standard you have come to expect from Ronzoni.”

After hearing the news, distraught fans immediately flooded the post with comments mourning the loss of the pasta, while other pastina enthusiasts took to Twitter and TikTok to pay tribute to the discontinued product.

And although competing brands such as Barilla still make pastina, many remain loyal to Ronzoni.

“You don’t understand how sad I am that Ronzoni stopped their pastina,” wrote one Twitter user. “that’s the only parsnip I like. What will I do without the lil stars.”

“Ronzoni quits Pastina and my life will never be the same,” wrote another.

“Who cares about your political hottaks. Ronzoni quits pastina and this has to be stopped,” exclaimed another user.

Some even started petitions urging Ronzoni and its parent company, 8th Avenue, to bring back the pasta, citing its importance as a “staple in so many households and people’s childhoods” and its status as an “Italian penicillin.”

“Please sign our petition asking Ronzoni to persevere and ask for the public’s help to keep this delicious pasta on the shelves and most importantly in the bellies of its adoring fans,” a petition reads.

Meanwhile, on eBay, individual Ronzoni pastina boxes are selling for over $60, and some social media users are sharing photos of grocers stocking up on the item before it’s gone.

Still, there may be hope — the brand indicated in its statement that it will continue to try to find a solution.

“Your passion for Ronzoni fuels our passion to deliver for you,” Ronzoni wrote. “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.”

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