Sunday, September 24, 2006

napoli diary: pasta pasta!



i visited a food shop (near the famous galleria umberto) in napoli that made me realise just how many types of pasta are available in italy. i had learnt about a few new ones in sardinia but still i can only reel off about fifteen from the top of my head while there are many many more waiting to be discovered. how many types of pasta can you name?

here's my list:

spaghetti
ravioli
macaroni
linguine
fettucine
papparadelle
canneloni
lasagne
penne
rigatoni
fussilli
tagliatelle
farfalle
gnocchi
orzo
tortellini
scialitelli
curligione (sardinia)
malloredus (sardinia)

my favourite is papparadelle. what's yours?

5 Comments:

Anonymous G. said...

mmm... what an impressive pasta list. haven't heard of/ tasted orzo, scialitelli and the two sardinians yet.
my contributions to the list are:
talgliolini (thin tagilatelle)
paglia e fieno (meaning straw and hay - green and white fettucine)
vermicelli (tiny and thin)
radiatori (cousin to the fusilli)
conchiglie (shells)
orechiette ("little ears")
strozapretti (which means priests-strangler...)
and maltagliati (an unevenly cut pappardelle-like pasta) which is one of my faves along with pappardelle.
the endless pasta variety is indeed unbelievable. this is a good example of what the french would call "embarras du choix" ( embarrassment of choice").
viva italia :-)
G.

12:11 pm  
Blogger Lulu said...

thanks, g. your additions to the list are even more impressive than the list itself. i'm most intrigued by maltagliati.
orzo is yummy. it looks like rice but is actually a pasta. there are lots of wholesome salads you can make with orzo. i like add chopped scallions, raisins, chopped mint, extra virgin olive, lemon, salt and pepper to cooked orzo.

9:29 pm  
Blogger futureguru said...

umm havent tasted seven of these (just counted :)) but im a big ravioli fan. really enjoyed your italy diaries, especially having been to positano recently. off to barcelona soon, after which i will reread your barcelona diaries :)

6:25 pm  
Blogger Lulu said...

i love ravioli too. especially in the winter..squash raviolo drizzled with a sage and butter sauce..yumm..

have fun in barcelona!

10:20 am  
Blogger beth said...

Choosing a fave is like choosing which child you love the most--impossible!

12:55 am  

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