As an Italian restaurant deeply rooted in tradition, Siena restaurant takes immense pride in their pasta making skills. The culinary team crafts each pasta shape in-house, preserving the authenticity and soul of Italian cuisine. This article delves into the rich history of pasta making and explains the unique characteristics of some classic Italian pasta shapes.
A Brief History of Pasta Making
Pasta has been a staple of Italian cuisine for centuries, with origins tracing back to the 13th century. Each region of Italy has its unique pasta shapes and sauces, resulting in a diverse array of pasta dishes.
Pasta is typically made from two simple ingredients: flour and water or eggs. The dough is kneaded, then rolled out, and cut into various shapes. The process of making pasta can be categorized into two main methods: hand-rolled and extruded.
Hand-rolled pasta involves rolling the dough and cutting it into desired shapes. On the other hand, extruded pasta is made by pushing the dough through a machine that cuts it into different shapes. Most commercially sold pasta is made using the extrusion method.
Now, let’s explore some of the pasta shapes we make in-house at our Italian restaurant.
Pappardelle, native to the regions of Tuscany and Emilia-Romagna, are wide, flat ribbons of pasta. The name derives from the Italian verb pappare, which means ‘to gobble up’—an apt description of what you’ll want to do when you taste a dish with these hearty noodles. Pappardelle pairs exceptionally well with robust, meat-based sauces due to its broad surface area, making it perfect for dishes like Bolognese.
Tagliatelle is another long, ribbon-like pasta that hails from the Emilia-Romagna and Marche regions of Italy. These noodles are similar in width to fettuccine, but they are traditionally made with egg, giving the pasta a richer flavor and firmer texture. Tagliatelle works well with a variety of sauces, particularly traditional meat or tomato-based sauces.
Originating from the Italian region of Emilia, tortellini is a ring-shaped pasta typically stuffed with a mix of meat or cheese. The name ‘tortellini’ translates to ‘little pies’ in Italian, which is fitting for these bite-sized, stuffed pasta delights. Tortellini can be served in a variety of ways, including in broth, with sauce, or in a pasta salad.
Ravioli del Plin
Ravioli del Plin is a type of stuffed pasta from the Piedmont region of Italy. Traditionally, these small, pinched ravioli are filled with a mixture of roasted meat and vegetables. The name ‘del Plin’ means ‘pinched’, referring to the way the pasta is sealed. These delicate pockets of pasta are typically served with a simple butter and sage sauce to highlight the flavors of the filling.
Garganelli pasta is a form of pasta from the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy. It’s similar to penne but is distinguishable by its square rather than cylindrical shape. Garganelli are traditionally served with rich, hearty sauces.
Cavatelli are small pasta shells that originate from southern Italy. The name ‘cavatelli’ means ‘little hollows’, an apt description for these curled pasta shapes. Cavatelli pasta is perfect for capturing sauce, making it a popular choice for a variety of pasta dishes.
The Fusion of Culture and Cooking
At our authentic Italian restaurant Siena, we take great pride in our pasta making skills. Whether it’s the wide, hearty pappardelle or the delicate, pinched ravioli del plin, each pasta we create is a testament to the rich history and culture of Italian cuisine.
Through years of practice and dedication, our culinary team has mastered the age-old tradition of pasta making. Our mission is not only to serve delicious food but also to share the stories and traditions behind each dish, providing our guests with a truly immersive Italian dining experience.
Our commitment to quality and tradition sets us apart. We strive to educate our guests about the rich history of Italian cuisine while delivering a meal that is both satisfying and memorable. So, the next time you’re in the mood for some authentic Italian cuisine, be sure to visit us and experience the art of pasta making firsthand.