Tagliatelle fall into the family of what is known as “cutters” (in Italian, “tagliare”, means “to cut”), which is a group of pasta that are long and ribbon-like. Other members of the “cutters” family include tagliolini, tajarin, pappardelle, trenette and fettuccine. Tagliatelle hail from the Emilia-Romagna and Marche regions of Italy, where they have been loved for generations. Legend states that tagliatelle were invented on the night of Annibale II Bentivoglio’s wedding to Lucrezia from the house of Este in 1487, by Lucrezia’s talented chef, after seeing her ribbon-like hairstyle. However, there is much speculation about whether this is actually true or a joke made up by humourist Augusto Majani in 1931. We will never know.
One thing is absolutely certain, however. Bologna takes so much pride in its beloved tagliatelle that the city keeps a solid gold instrument, demonstrating the correct dimensions of a piece of tagliatelle, in its Chamber of Commerce (1 mm x 6 mm, for the curious). While we cannot guarantee our handmade tagliatelle are precisely those dimensions, we can guarantee that they perfectly complement our stripped-back, but incredibly beautiful, basil pesto. Made very simply using a pestle and mortar with just a few ingredients, this classic sauce of Liguria is splendid at its freshest - which is exactly what we bring you.
Note: Please consume or freeze our pasta and sauces within 2 days of delivery.