Pasta shapes that resemble small animals found in the garden or in fields are not uncommon.
Nastrini (tiny ribbons), originally from northern Italy, are rectangular with a scalloped edge, pinched together in the centre.
They look like little butterflies and are fun especially for children who associate them with the animal kingdom.
Nastrini are best used in broths, or in vegetable or bean soups.
This pasta is also excellent for preparing very delicate pasta dishes with light tomato and basil sauces.
Available in 500g pack.s
Bucatini (also called Perciatelli) are originally from Naples and have an elongated shape with a round cross section and are hollow inside.
Bucatini all'Amatriciana are famous with tomato sauce, pork cheek and a sprinkling of pecorino romano (sheep's cheese).
This type of pasta is quite versatile and also excellent with sauces made with butter, meat or fish.
Bucatini are perfect with vegetable sauces too that are prepared with a tomato sauce with peppers, aubergines, courgettes, olives and capers.
Available in 500g or 3 Kg packs.