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.
Conchiglioni Rigati (large grooved shells), which originate from the Campania region, are now very popular all over Italy.
The unusual size and shell shape makes this pasta ideal for capturing sauces and so, is an unbeatable shape for preparing oven-baked, filled pasta dishes, with fish or meat sauces.
In addition to being baked in the oven and filled, this pasta can also be enjoyed with fresh condiments such as light, springtime sauces with mozzarella, tomato and fresh basil.
Available in 500g packs.