Little tongues, monk chokers and slap across the face – pasta’s myriad shapes and their colourful names


In Italy, people eat pasta on a daily basis. They never get tired of it, and not just because it tastes so good. It’s such a versatile ingredient.There are 300 listed pasta shapes, according to Italy’s pasta lobby, the International Pasta Organisation. And each shape has dozens of variants, depending on where exactly in Italy it is made and eaten, and which sauces and toppings are used.Pasta is a matter of territorial belonging and food identity, says chef Anna Maria Pellegrino, a member of…



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