A Tasty History of Descriptive Names for Pasta Shapes

The Delicious History of Pasta Shapes

In a tasty episode of the Mental Floss series Food History, host Justin Dodd explains the tasty history of the very descriptive names given to specific pasta shapes. These shapes include gemelli (twins), tortellini (belly button), cavatappi (little springs), orechetti (little ears), and strozzapreti (priest stranglers).

Macaroni. Spaghetti. Lasagne. How did we get all of these different (and delicious) shapes of pasta? On today’s episode of Food History, we’ll be exploring the stories of various pasta shapes.

Lori Dorn
Lori Dorn

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