In the region where they were created in Sardinia, they are called "malloreddus" which in Sardinian dialect literally means "little gnocchi" and they are by definition considered to be the most typical dish.
The unusual thing about these little gnocchi is their size, which has been developed to create an exceptional consistency, and the ridged surface which at one time was obtained by pressing the pieces of pasta with the thumb on the bottom of a wicker basket called "ciurili". Nowadays this is done by using a grooved board.
Gnocchetti sardi are particularly good with traditional recipes combined with fresh ricotta or sheep's cheese, as well as being excellent with tomato or meat sauces.
Available in 500g or 3 Kg packs.
Rombi are a typical pasta shape from the rural culinary tradition of the Abruzzo region. The pasta is a variety of "sagne" cut into diamond shapes and widely used in the mountain districts.
Traditionally, this type of pasta was served with fish based sauces, sauces made from chicken and duck, and was widely used in rural cooking in the Abruzzo region, or with lamb based sauces, typical of the mountain districts.
Rombi are also ideal for preparing bean soups or with meat ragùs and tomato sauce.
Available in 500g pack.s