Chitarrina Abruzzese is a typical regional speciality with an original long shape and a square cross section which is smaller that the classic Maccheroni alla Chitarra.
Historically, the pasta was cut with a special tool called a "chitarra" (guitar), consisting of a wooden frame over which thin, steel wires were stretched. The pasta, which was not excessively thin (about the thickness between one wire and another) was placed on the wires and then cut by pressing on it with a special little rolling pin.
This type of pasta is typically eaten with lamb ragù. In certain areas of Abruzzo, the traditional condiment for Chitarrina Abruzzese is a tomato sauce enriched with veal meatballs measuring about one centimetre across, known as "pallottelle".
The Chitarra Abruzzese is also excellent with different types of meat gravy, with sauces made from tomatoes and aubergines, or fish.
Available in 250g packs.
Spaghettini Bio Integrale are a smaller, delicious variation of the classic Spaghetti and this type of pasta comes from the south of Italy, from Naples in particular.
Hot or cold sauces based on fresh tomatoes, vegetables or aromatic herbs are the best way to enjoy this type of pasta.
It is also very good with sauces that are quick to prepare with extra virgin olive oil and a dash of garlic, red pepper and anchovies.
Spaghettini are also excellent served with shellfish and seafood sauces.
Available in 500g packs.