When you’re in the mood for pasta, you make a run to the grocery store and take a look at the local selection, and you’re faced with a usual cast of characters. Spaghetti, fettucine, ziti, fusilli, rigatoni… it’s the same old same old. But if you find yourself in Italy you’ll realize that there’s a whole world of dried pasta styles that you’ve most likely never heard of. Here are eight.
This long, twisted pasta is popular in western Sicily.
The world’s largest dried pasta shape (measuring more than four inches across), this Neapolitan pasta resembles a large ridged shell, and is usually stuffed and baked.
These long, hollow pasta tubes resemble long tapered candles.
These twisted and ridged tubes resemble long elbow macaroni. They are ideal for macaroni and cheese.
This Ligurian pasta is flat and stamped to resemble coins.[related:1571167]
Pasta Al Ceppo
These are shaped exactly like cinnamon sticks.
These funky-shaped pastas have six or seven wavy ridges coming out from a central tube.
These are rings of pasta twirled around a central column, which are usually used in soups.