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The Ultimate Pasta Guide

The Ultimate Pasta Guide

Ribbons and wheels, bowties and butterflies — Italy has an infinite cache of pasta shapes, each with its own unique history, texture, and place on the dinner table. Learn more with our pasta guide.

At Eataly, our chefs remind us that the pasta should "marry" the sauce: each shape has the perfect saucy mate made in pasta heaven. As you may remember, Italian food is defined by region, so each ideal pairing is often drawn the same region's most available ingredients. For this, trofie from Liguria are at their spiraled best when served with the seaside region's iconic basil pesto (get the recipe here!), while orecchiette's "little ears" are made to scoop Puglia's specialty broccoli rabe-sausage combination (learn how to make it here).