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Orzo (Italian for "barley", from Latin hordeum), also risoni (Italian: "big rice"), is a form of short-cut pasta, shaped like a large grain of rice. Orzo can be served alone, as a soup accompaniment, as part of a salad, or baked in a casserole.
Orzo is similar to Ptitim or "Ben Gurion Rice" in israeli cuisine, kritharáki ("little barley") and κριθαράκι in Greek cuisine, arpa şehriye in Turkish cooking, and lisān al-`uṣfūr ("songbird tongue") in Arabic cooking.
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