Historically, official mention of the term "spaghetto" can be traced back to the first dictionary of the Italian language by Nicolò Tommaseo and Bernardo Bellini (1819). The word "spaghetto" was included as the "masculine singular diminutive of spago (thread)" and mention is made of "Minestra di Spaghetti" (spaghetti soup) which is pasta the size of a long, thin thread such as sopracapellini (type of spaghetti)". An interesting fact: in 1957, the BBC aired the first documentary on the production of spaghetti and the day after, the television studios were inundated by phone calls from viewers asking for the name of the producers and distributors of spaghetti so they could buy some.
Spaghetti is so versatile that it can be served with any condiment, from fish to meat, from vegetables to cheese, but is also excellent served just with extra virgin olive oil and a sprinkling of parmesan.
Available in 500 g pack.
Tagliatelle are consumed all over Italy and are part of the long, flat pasta family.
They originate from the northern regions of Italy, especially in the culinary traditional in the Emilia Romagna region.
That Tagliatelle originated in Emilia Romagna is demonstrated by their presence in popular sayings and colloquial expressions used by the people from this region. An example of how Tagliatelle are profoundly rooted in Emilia Romagna is "Science in the Kitchen and the Art of Eating Well" by Pellegrino Artusi: "Conti corti e tagliatelle lunghe" (literally, short bills and long tagliatelle) is a wise saying from Bologna because long bills frighten the poor husbands and short tagliatelle demonstrate the inexperience of the person made them and served them as if they were left-overs."
Their natural versatility makes them delicious with all types of condiments. They are excellent for first courses or in oven-baked dishes, perfect with fish or shell-fish based sauces, or with butter or white sauces made from soft cheeses and cream with the addition of curry or saffron.
Available in 250g pack.