Maccheroni alla Chitarra are originally from Abruzzo and have an unusual long shape with a square cross section.
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 Maccheroni alla Chitarra is a tomato sauce enriched with veal meatballs measuring about one centimetre across, known as "pallottelle".
Maccheroni alla Chitarra are also excellent with different types of meat gravy, with sauces made from tomatoes and aubergines, or fish.
Available in 500g pack.s
Festonati belong to the special dry pasta family and is tube-shaped with scalloped edges which are reminiscent of the typical streamers used as decorations for festive occasions.
They are particularly suited for preparing plates of pasta served with dense, colourful sauces of meat of fish, with green vegetables or vegetables, or strong cheeses.
Try them when preparing delicious, colourful pasta salads.
Available in 500g packs