Chitarrina Abruzzese is a typical regional speciality with an original long shape and a square cross section which is smaller that the classic Maccheroni alla Chitarra.
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 Chitarrina Abruzzese is a tomato sauce enriched with veal meatballs measuring about one centimetre across, known as "pallottelle".
The Chitarra Abruzzese is also excellent with different types of meat gravy, with sauces made from tomatoes and aubergines, or fish.
Available in 500g and 250g packs
Farfalline (little butterflies), originally from northern Italy, are rectangular with a scalloped edge, pinched together in the centre.
The tiny, whimsical shape means they appeal to children in particular who associate them with the animal kingdom.
Thanks to the notched edge and the tiny curved wings, Farfalline are a perfect shape for hearty soups with croutons or vegetables cut into julienne strips.
This pasta can also be used in thick creamy or velvety soups.
Available in 250g packs