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Alfabeto
   is   
A Letter-shaped Pasta
Used in soups
Anchellini (piombi)
   is   
A Small Bead-shaped Pasta
Slightly larger than acini di pepe. Used in broths or thin soup
Ancini Di Pepe
   is   
A Small Bead-shaped Pasta
"peppercorns"
Anellini
   is   
A Tiny Ring-shaped Pasta
"small rings". Used in soups.
Anelli Siciliani
   is   
A Large Ring-shaped Pasta
suitable for soups or salads
Angnolotti
   is   
A Small Stuffed Pasta
"priests' caps". Half circular or rectangular; sealed with tool for rippled edge
Armonie
   is   
A Short Wavy Pasta
Also known as stortini. Suitable for vegetable or thin soups
Bigoli
   is   
A Long Thick String-like Pasta
Large diameter (about 3 mm) and very long-cut spaghetti. Made with wholemeal soft wheat flour or semolina
Bucatini
   is   
A Long String-like Pasta With a Hollow Centre
"buco" or hole. Similar to spaghetti but with a hole running through the centre.
Calamaretti
   is   
A Squid-shaped Pasta Dyed With Squid Ink
"small squid"
Campanelle
   is   
A Fluted, Cone-shaped Pasta
"bellblowers" Sometimes called lilies. Shaped to catch the sauce.
Candele
   is   
A Long Hollow Pasta Tube
"candles" aka Ziti, Zite, Boccolotti, Zituane “candle”- tube with very large diameter; long and smooth surface
Cannelloni
   is   
A Medium-length Hollow Pasta Tube
Usually stuffed with meat or cheese.
Capelli D'angelo
   is   
The Thinnest Long Pasta
"angel hair"
Capellini
   is   
A Long Thin String-like Pasta (round)
"fine hair" Slightly thicker than angel's hair.
Casareci
   is   
A Short Pasta With an S-shaped Cross-section
"homestyle" Also known as Ccesariccia/Casarecce -typically from Puglia
Castellane
   is   
An Oval Shell-shaped Pasta Resembling a Crab
"castle dwellers" Originally called "paguri" Said to resemble a tiny crab.
Cellantani
   is   
A Small Corkscrew-shaped Hollow Pasta
"whirls" Whimsically seen as resembling locks of hair by some.
Chitarra
   is   
A Long Thin String-like Pasta (square)
"guitar strings".
Conchiglie
   is   
A Shell-shaped Pasta
"conch shells".
Ditalini
   is   
A 1cm Fat Tubular Pasta
Meaning "little thimbles" especially pasta e fagioli (that's pasta fazool to some of you!) typically used in soups
Farfalle
   is   
A Ruffled Pasta Pinched at the Center.
"butterflies". Often called bow ties in USA.
Fettucini
   is   
A Long Flat Ribbon-like Pasta
"little ribbons" famous in dishes such as Fettucine Alfredo
Fiori
   is   
A Flower-shaped Pasta
Suitable for soups or salads
Fusilli
   is   
A Short Spiral-shaped Pasta
"little spindles". Each region of Italy puts its own "twist" on this one.
Galetti
   is   
A Semi-circular, Tubular Pasta With Ruffled Edges
"cocks' combs".
Gemelli
   is   
Two Short Strands of Pasta Twisted Together
Meaning "twins".
Lasagne
   is   
A Wide Sheets or Ribbons of Pasta
"lasagnum". Comes from the Latin for pot. This pasta is named for the pan in which the famous, baked dish is prepared.
Linguini
   is   
A Long Flat Ribbon-like Pasta
Meaning "little tongues". Narrower than fettucine.
Lumaconi
   is   
A Giant Basket-shaped Shell Pasta
Meaning "big snails". Often stuffed with cheese and vegetables.
Manicotti
   is   
A Medium-length Hollow Pasta Tube
Meaning "muffs". Often ridged.
Merletti
   is   
A Small Lacy Pasta
Suitable for soups or salads
Mezzalune
   is   
A Crescent Shaped Stuffed Pasta.
"half moons".
Mostaccioli
   is   
A 5cm Tubular Pasta Cut on the Diagonal
"moustaches". a specialty of the Campania region
Occhi Di Lupo
   is   
A Square-cut Tubular Pasta.
"eyes of the wolf".
Orecchette
   is   
An Ear-shaped Pasta
"little ears".
Orzo
   is   
A Small, Grain Shaped Pasta
Meaning "barley" Used in soup or served as a substitute for rice.
Paglia E Fieno
   is   
Green and Yellow Ribbon Pastas Served Together.
Meaning "straw and hay". Green from spinach, yellow from egg.
Penne
   is   
A 5cm Tubular Pasta Cut on the Diagonal
"quills" Often ridged
Quadrettini
   is   
A Small Flat, Square Pasta
Suitable for vegetable or thin soups
Radiotores
   is   
A Short, Chunky Pasta With Ruffled Edges Which Radiate Outward.
"radiators".
Rotini
   is   
A Short Spiral-shaped Pasta
"spirals" Shorter than fusilli.
Ruotine
   is   
A Spoked Wheel-shaped Pasta
Also known as ruote or wagon wheels.
Seme Di Meloni
   is   
A Small Seed-shaped Pasta
"melon seeds" Used in soups.
Spaghetti
   is   
A Long Thin String-like Pasta (round)
"little strings". The most popular shape in the USA. The thickness of this long pasta varies from region to region
Spighe
   is   
A Leaf-shaped Pasta
Suitable for casseroles or salads
Strozzapreti
   is   
A Short Rolled, Twisted Pasta.
Meaning "priest stranglers" -so named according to legend, by restaurant owners who could not charge priests and wished they would choke on the pasta dish before reaching the expensive meat or fish course!
Vermicelli
   is   
A Long Thin String-like Pasta (round)
Meaning "little worms" Thinner than spaghetti but thicker than angel hair.
Ziti
   is   
A Long Hollow Pasta Tube
Slang for "bridegroom" A popular baked pasta served at wedding banquets in Sicily and Campania


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