Pastini Pasta Primer

Click on a pasta shape to learn more about each of the delicious varieties we use in our fresh, handcrafted pasta dishes.

Pasta Primer
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    Fusilli

    Spirals also called fusilli corti or “short springs.” Their curvy shape is perfect for holding bits of vegetables or creamy sauce.

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    Ziti

    A short cut, tubular noodle with a smooth surface, the traditional pasta for a Neapolitan wedding. Tubi (tubular pastas) go well with a variety of sauces.

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    Orecchiete

    This whimsical pasta is shaped like “little ears” and catches ingredients and sauce in its convenient, convex hollow.

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    Whole Wheat Penne

    A healthy version of the versatile cylinder-shaped pasta, its name means “quill.” The hollow center and ridged texture hold sauces well.

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    Farfalle

    The name means “butterflies” although we generally refer to this shape as “bowtie”. A versatile shape found all over Italy.

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    Cavatappi

    This short, hollow spiral is named for the kitchen tool it resembles: a corkscrew! Cavatappi pairs particularly well with thick and chunky sauces.

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    Rigatoni

    Large, chewy tubes with ridges - rigate means ridged. A classic shape, their wide cavity is ideal for catching chunks of meat in hearty sauces.

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    Ravioli

    Plump envelopes of fresh egg pasta filled with cheeses, vegetables, meats or a savory combination. Its sauces range from simple to complex.

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    Tortellini

    Little rings of fresh egg pasta filled with cheese, originally from Bologna. Served with broth on New Year’s Eve or with creamy sauces.

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    Capellini

    Long and very fine, capellini literally means “thin hair” in Italian. This delicate pasta goes well in dishes with seafood or those with lighter sauces.

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    Whole Wheat Spaghetti

    A healthy version of our most popular pasta, spaghetti (Italian for “little strings”) works best with light tomato or cream sauces.

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    Spaghetti

    From the Italian spago or string...thus “little strings.” Italy’s most popular shape, it is associated with Naples and the sauces of the south.

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    Linguini

    A thin, flat noodle traditionally served with light sauces, seafood or pesto. The name means “little tongues.”

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    Fettuccine

    “Little ribbons,” an apt description. Thick, smooth sauces such as alfredo cling beautifully to this noodle.