Cavatelli are a type of pasta. The term cavatelli has two meanings: the most common meaning is small pasta shells that look like miniature hot dog buns. The name is less frequently used for a type of dumpling made with ricotta.
Cavatelli are also known by the name orecchie di prete (priest's ears). In Puglia a number of varieties of Cavatelli have specific names including pizzicarieddi. In parts of Campania, they can be called parmarieddo.