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Radiatori tricolori
Type Pasta
Place of origin Italy
Cookbook:Radiatori  Radiatori

Radiatori are small, squat pasta shapes that are said to resemble radiators. They were created in the 1960s by an industrial designer.[1] They are often used in similar dishes as rotelle or fusilli, because their shape works well with thicker sauces.[2] They are also used in casseroles, salads, and soups.[3]


Radiatori somewhat resemble rotini in shape, but are generally shorter and thicker with a ruffled edge, circling the pasta.[4] They are modelled after an old industrial heating fixture, which contains a straight pipe with concentric, parallel fins. Their design maximizes the surface area, for heat exchange, as well as for absorbing flavor and trapping sauce.

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  1. ^ "RADIATORI". The Geometry of Pasta. 
  2. ^ "The Cook's Thesaurus, Pasta Shapes". 
  3. ^ "Radiatori Pasta - Product Description". Amazon Grocery & Gourmet Food. 
  4. ^ "Radiatori Pasta". recipetips.com. 

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