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 packs.
Mezze Maniche Rigate Bio Integrale are bigger than Mezzi Rigatoni, but just as good for capturing all kinds of sauces with their outer ridges which bring out the best in every recipe.
Their chunky shape makes them ideal for serving with hearty meat or fish sauces and for recipes which are tossed in the frying pan.
Available in 500g pack.