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.
Fusilli Lunghi Bucati are originally from Campania and have a simple spiral shape.
In the past, Fusilli were made by hand according to a method that was passed down from one generation to the next: you had to rapidly twist a strand of spaghetti around a knitting needle with a skilled hand. The ability required to perform this procedure is reminiscent of that of spinners and as a matter of fact, the term "fusillo" comes from "fuso" (spindle) which was the typical tool used by spinners for their work.
Fusilli Lunghi Bucati are traditionally served with Neapolitan or "guardaporta" (doorman) ragù and the Neapolitan ragù known as "alla genovese" (Genoa style). Generally, this pasta is best with parmesan or pecorino (sheep's cheese) or with tomato and vegetable based sauces with aubergines and peppers.
Available in 500g packs.