Maccheroni alla Chitarra are a typical regional speciality from Abruzzo with an original 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.
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In Lazio, the name Tonnarelli is used for the local version of Maccheroni alla Chitarra from the Abruzzo region.
Traditionally, this pasta was made using a "guitar": a tool made from strings stretched across a frame used to cut the sheet of pasta into different lengths of spaghetti with a square cross section.
The most popular recipe for this type of pasta is cacio cheese and pepper or "la gricia" which are classic dishes from the area around Rome.
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