Below is the variety I tried for dinner tonight - mezzo ziti. Basically it's a tube that's as long as a piece of spaghetti but thinner than penne or ziti. It's a fun shape, but just impossible to manage - and I thought spaghetti was a mess!
Thursday, January 7, 2016
Rome, Everyday (24)
Have you ever heard that saying (which apparently isn't even true) that the Inuit have dozens of words for snow? The idea of course is that we develop more words to talk about the things we encounter more often. Makes sense, even if the whole snow story doesn't check out. The story they should tell is how many words the Italians have for pasta. The websites I've found list over 400 different shapes of pasta - from the strozzapreti (priest strangler) to a little version called the radiator (a shape not so familiar to those of us who are accustomed to central heating) and all that doesn't even include the many variations in ingredient, color, or preparation. The biggest treat is that you can buy fresh pasta at a number of stores in my neighborhood. I really intend to start taking advantage of this more often...