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.
Conchigliette Piccole are a whimsical shaped pasta for broths which are especially popular with small children thanks to the shape inspired by small, attractive seashells.
This pasta is often used to prepare vegetable broths or in hearty bean and vegetable minestrone soups and it is also excellent when served with creamy sauces.
Available in 500g pack.s.