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
Casareccia is originally from Sicily, but is also characteristic of other southern Italian regions.
This pasta is shaped like a small, smooth piece of parchment, rolled up and folded in at the top. The name conjures up its bygone home-made origins, an interpretation of the Arab-style "pasta busiata" obtained with the thin stem of a plant around which pieces of dough were at one time wrapped.
Casareccia is very good with classic ragù, although the smooth, slightly porous surface is also ideal for capturing all types of sauces, from traditional ones to even the simplest of sauces.
Available in 500g or 3 Kg packs.