Cavatappi

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Cavatappi
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Cavatappi served with pesto sauce
Alternative names Cellentani, serpentini, trivelle, stortelli, spirali, double elbows, amori
Type Pasta
Place of origin Italy
Cookbook: Cavatappi  Media: Cavatappi
Cavatappi.

Cavatappi [kavaˈtappi] is macaroni formed in a helical tube shape. It is the Italian word for corkscrew. It is known by other names, including cellentani, amori, spirali, tortiglioni, fusilli rigati, or scoobi doo.[1] It is usually scored with lines or ridges (rigati in Italian) on the surface.

Etymology[edit]

Cavatappi is an Italian word created by compounding "cava tappi", which literally means "tap extractor" (a corkscrew). It is also known as amori, serpentini, trivelle, stortelli.

Shape[edit]

The cavatappi shape is perhaps best described as a ridged tube extruded into a helix shape though a small number of rotations. The number of turns is commonly in the range of 1–3[citation needed] (with fewer than one full turn, the shape degenerates into a twisted version of elbow macaroni).

While the word "spiral" is often used colloquially to describe helical objects (such as a spiral staircase), in mathematics a spiral is considered to be a curve on the plane of progressive radius, and the name "helix" is preferred for a curve inscribed on a cylinder, such as that of DNA's double helix. The notion of a screw as a helical surface dates back to the time of Archimedes.

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