Spaghetti alla chitarra is a traditional, square-shaped pasta hailing from Abruzzo and made using a chitarra. The chitarra is a wooden frame with parallel wires that the pasta dough is pushed through to give the individual strands their shape, which looks just like a guitar from which the spaghetti gets its name. Before the chitarra was invented in 1890, pasta was cut using a special rolling pin, but spaghetti alla rolling pin just doesn’t have quite the same charm.
As for the pallottini, ‘palla’ means ball, whilst the diminutive ‘-ini’ refers to their dinkiness. ‘Small’, however, does not quite capture the miniature nature of these unique meatballs (polpette). Indeed, each tiny Abruzzo meatball is carefully rolled by hand. Kitchens across the region of Abruzzo are filled with the familiar, welcoming smell of nonne preparing their sugo, pasta alla chitarra and pallottine. This week, we invite you enjoy the smell of our beautiful tomato sauce & rich meatballs in the comfort of your own home. That Abruzzo lies many hundreds of miles away will seem immaterial.
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