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Alternative names
Trenette, bavette
Place of origin
Region or state
Variations Linguettine
Cookbook:Linguine  Linguine

Linguine (Italian pronunciation: [liŋˈɡwiːne], English /lɪŋˈɡwn/) is a form of pasta – like fettuccine and trenette, but elliptical in section rather than flat. It is wider than spaghetti, about 4 mm, but not as wide as fettuccine. The name linguine means "little tongues" in Italian, where it is a plural of the feminine linguina. Linguine are also called trenette or bavette. A thinner version of linguine is called linguettine.


Linguine originated in Genoa and the Liguria region of Italy. Linguine alle vongole (linguine with clams) and Trenette al pesto are popular uses of this pasta.

While spaghetti traditionally accompanies meat and tomato dishes, linguine are often served with seafood or pesto. Linguine is typically available in both white flour and whole-wheat versions; the latter are usually made in Italy.[citation needed]

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