Orecchiette (little ears), also known as "strascicati", are a typical pasta shape from the Apulia culinary tradition. The shape is a round disc with a slight indent in the centre.
In the culinary tradition of Apulia of home-made pasta, orecchiette were made with white flour, durum wheat semolina and water. After the pasta dough had been cut into small pieces, it was "dragged" ("strascicati" in Italian) with the tip of a knife to create a sort of small shell, then pulled back with the tip of the thumb.
In traditional Apulia cooking, orecchiette are cooked in boiling water with broccoli or potatoes and served with a tomato sauce and sheep's cheese, or with garlic and Oil
This pasta is also known as "Recchie" and is served with vegetable ragù, or lamb and ricotta ragù.
Available in 500g or 3 Kg packs.
Zitone is a delicious, larger variation of the classic Zita.
In the south of Italy, the term "Zita" means the bride and as a matter of fact, this type of pasta is traditionally associated with weddings and is always served at wedding receptions.
Tradition has it that Zitone , which is quite thick with a fairly rough texture, is broken by hand into uneven pieces, before being put in the saucepan to cook.
Zitone Tagliato ( "tagliato" means cut) has been made shorter for a more practical use in cooking.
Zitone Tagliato can be used to prepare oven-baked recipes or plates of pasta served with dense, colourful sauces of meat of fish, with green vegetables or vegetables or strong Italian cheeses such as pecorino, provolone or caciocavallo.
Available in 500g pack.s