Although we celebrate the magical maccheroni
every day at Pastini, for the official pasta month of October, we thought some info on pasta shapes was in order. Different shapes work better with different sauces, and when you visit Pastini you’ll see that we have thoughtfully paired pastas and sauces by consulting tradition and classic recipes. Know your noodle!Spaghetti:
The most ubiquitous shape, it hails from Southern Italy and means "little strings". Fettuccine:
These "little ribbons" go with creamy sauces that coat their flat surface. Penne:
Shaped like quills, they are toothsome and perfect for baked pasta recipes. Fusilli:
Corkscrew pasta that compliments sauces with vegetables and meats, or great in pasta salad. Capellini:
Also known as "capelli d'angelo" or angel's hair, it pairs well with delicate sauces. Rigatoni:
Big, tubular noodles or "tubi" that are good with hearty, meaty sauces like Bolognese. Tortellini:
Small rings of fresh egg pasta, usually stuffed with cheese. Orecchiete:
These "little ears" are chewy and often combined with hearty vegetables and sausage. Linguini:
Traditionally paired with seafood or pesto, translates as "little tongues". Ziti:
A short cut, tubular pasta whose versatile shape complements a variety of sauces. Pastini:
The family of tiny pastas like orzo, stars and alphabets, used in soups. We thought it was a perfect name for our restaurant.
Pastini’s vegetable sides are wildly popular for two reasons…they taste delicious and they’re deliciously healthy. Our broccolini and fresh spinach sides are sautéed in heart-healthy olive oil, with a touch of garlic, and our roasted butternut squash is accented with fresh sage. Now we’ve added a new Vegetable Sauté
, a smashing medley of fresh zucchini, yellow squash, tomatoes, broccolini and mushrooms, quickly sautéed with garlic and herbs. We know you’ll love it!
You’ve asked for healthier kid’s options, and now they are here. The new Pastini menu includes a Kid’s Small Salad
and Kid’s Broccolini
. The salad is chopped romaine and cucumbers with ranch dressing, simple and appealing. The broccolini we dice and steam quickly in vegetable stock, so it’s easy to eat. And at only $1.50, these sides are a great way to add some veggies for the bambini.