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.
Rigatoncello is a smaller, fun version of the classic Rigatoni from the Rome tradition, and is perfect for making pasta dishes with sauces or oven-baked dishes. This type of pasta is excellent with pork or beef ragù, slow-cooked stews, or meat and mushroom sauces. It is really tasty with tomato sauces and with vegetables, such as aubergines and peppers.
Available in 500g pack.s