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.
Spaghettini are a smaller, delicious variation of the classic Spaghetti and this type of pasta comes from the south of Italy, from Naples in particular.
Hot or cold sauces based on fresh tomatoes, vegetables or aromatic herbs are the best way to enjoy this type of pasta.
It is also very good with sauces that are quick to prepare with extra virgin olive oil and a dash of garlic, red pepper and anchovies.
Spaghettini are also excellent served with shellfish and seafood sauces.
Available in 500g and 3 Kg packs.