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.
Trivelli are a smaller, delicious variation of the classic Tortiglioni.
The shape is particularly versatile, but also very original, and best suited to full-bodied sauces.
Trivelli are really good with beef or pork ragùs, or with light sauces made with tomatoes. This pasta goes really well with vegetable sauces made from mushrooms, artichokes, peppers and aubergines. This pasta is also really good for preparing oven-baked dishes.
Available in 500g pack.s