Numerous Italian dishes will include the name of the pasta shape in the recipe title without making reference to it being pasta. If you know the basic Italian pasta varieties, it can help you more quickly eliminate unsafe foods from your menu choices. Following are many common pasta names. Why list so many? Even though you can bypass the pasta section of a menu, it’s not uncommon for a pasta shape to show up in a soup, stew or other dish. Knowing these names will help you recognize dishes including pasta immediately that could otherwise trick you. This list will be helpful when visiting Italian restaurants at home as well as abroad.
Cannelloni (Manicotti) Capelli d’angelo (Angel Hair) Capellini Casarecce
Cavatappi Conchiglie (Shells) Dischi Ditalini
Farfalle Farfalline Fettuccine Francesine Fusilli Gemelli Gigli Grattugiata Lasagna Linguine Lumaconi Mafalde Malfattini Midolline Occhi di Passero Orecchiette Orsetti Pappardelle Penne Pipe
Pipette Rigate (Elbow Macaroni) Piombi Radiatore Reginette Riccioli Rigati Rigatoni Rotini Spaghetti Stelline Tagliolini Tagliatelle Tagliatelline Tortiglioni Ziti