Penne is the plural of Penna, which means "Pen" in Italian. But these taste much better than Pens, we promise.
According to legend, Fusilli were created in 1550 by the chef to the Grand Duke of Tuscany. While other countries have legends about ghosts or monsters, Italy has legends about pasta.
The word Rigatoni comes from the Italian word "rigato," which means "ridged." Because this pasta has ridges.
Mezze Penne Rigate
Mezze Penne Rigate are just smaller Penne Rigate. I suggested calling them "Lil Penne," but the industry refused to adapt.
Pennine Rigate is a skinnier and smaller version of Penne.
I suggested calling this "Lil Baby Penne," but once again I was laughed at. One day they will learn.
Mezzi Rigatoni are the smaller version of Rigatoni.
I wanted to call them "Riga-tiny" but I lost the vote.
Tortiglioni are almost the same as Rigatoni, but a little curved. It's the little things in life.
This cut was inspired by an old Neapolitan cut called "denti di elefante," which means "elephant tusk." I don't really see the resemblance, but I'm not an elephant. So I don't think I'm qualified to make that call.
"Fiammiferi" means "matches" in Italian. That's what this pasta was named after. "Matches." Very creative.
"Pipette" means "little pipe."
I wanted to call it a "half pipe," but people kept thinking it was a skatepark. Foiled again.
Love At First Bite.
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