Pasta Encyclopedia: Linguine

Linguine is one of the best-known pasta shapes, a staple of Italian-American cuisine for decades. But did you know that the name translates to “little tongues?” Linguine is similar to spaghetti or fettucine in length, but is actually oval in cross-section. In contrast, spaghetti ala chittarra is square in cross-section, and spaghetti is round.  Linguine […]

Pasta Encyclopedia: Ditalini

Ditalini translates to “little thimbles,” a reference to the diminutive tube shape Ditalini pasta is most typically used in Southern Italian cooking, and in particular the Campania region of Italy, where it graces Pasta e Fagioli, minestrone and other classic soups – or even a simple bowl of plain broth. While used most often in […]

Pasta Encyclopedia: Bucatini

The name of this classic pasta derives from the small buco (or “hole”) in the middle, which is its signature. Bucatini has its origins in the Lazio and Abruzzo regions of central Italy, where Bucatini all’Amatriciana is a staple of classic Roman cuisine, combining the pasta with guanciale (cured pork jowl), Pecorino Romano and tomato […]

Pasta Encyclopedia: Cellentani/Cavatappi

At Barilla, we call this shape Cellentani in honor of a famous and much loved pop singer in Italy in the 1960s, when it was introduced. His name was Adriano Celentano, dubbed “moleggiato” or “springs” for his distinctive stage movements. As the shape resembles a coiled spring, it all made sense. Cellentani is also known […]