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.
Available in 250g packs
Pasta shapes that resemble small animals found in the garden or in fields are not uncommon.
Sorpresine (little surprises) look like tiny mushrooms and are fun especially for children who associate them with the animal kingdom.
Sorpresine are best used in broths, or in vegetable or bean soups. This pasta is also excellent for preparing very delicate pasta dishes with light tomato and basil sauces.
Available in 250g pack.s