Mafaldine are part of the long, curled, dried pasta family due to their ribbon shape with curled edges on both sides.
They are also known as "Reginette" or "Reginelle" and come from the Naples area where they were once called "Fettuccelle Ricce". They were dedicated by the people of Naples to Princess Mafalda of Savoy and renamed Reginette (from the Italian word "regina" meaning queen) or Mafaldine in her honour.
Once curled pasta, like Mafaldine, have been cooked, they have a distinctive, uneven consistency which differs on the smooth and curled parts.
Another characteristic of this type of pasta is that the curled part can retain more sauce that the smooth part.
It is a fairly versatile type of pasta, so the sauces recommended for Mafaldine are: Neapolitan ragù with ricotta, game sauces, fish sauces made from shellfish and seafood or white sauces made from soft cheeses with the addition of curry, saffron, horseradish or ginger.
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Fusilli Lunghi Bucati are originally from Campania and have a simple spiral shape.
In the past, Fusilli were made by hand according to a method that was passed down from one generation to the next: you had to rapidly twist a strand of spaghetti around a knitting needle with a skilled hand. The ability required to perform this procedure is reminiscent of that of spinners and as a matter of fact, the term "fusillo" comes from "fuso" (spindle) which was the typical tool used by spinners for their work.
Fusilli Lunghi Bucati are traditionally served with Neapolitan or "guardaporta" (doorman) ragù and the Neapolitan ragù known as "alla genovese" (Genoa style). Generally, this pasta is best with parmesan or pecorino (sheep's cheese) or with tomato and vegetable based sauces with aubergines and peppers.
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