Spaghetti alla chitarra
|Alternative names||Maccheroni alla chitarra|
|Place of origin||Italy|
|Region or state||Abruzzo|
|Main ingredients||Durum, egg, salt|
Spaghetti alla chitarra (Italian: [spaˈɡetti ˈalla kiˈtarra]), also known as maccheroni alla chitarra, is a variety of egg pasta typical of Abruzzo, Italy. Tonnarelli are a similar pasta from Lazio. They have a square cross section about 2–3 mm thick.
Ciriole is the thicker version of chitarra, approximately double the thickness of spaghetti. It has a squared shape rather than round.
The name of this spaghetti comes from the tool (the so-called chitarra, literally "guitar") this pasta is produced with, a tool which gives spaghetti its name, shape and a porous texture that allows pasta sauce to adhere well. The chitarra is a frame with a series of parallel wires crossing it.
The dough consists of durum wheat semolina, eggs, and salt. It is then worked and, after a rest, rolled flat with a rolling pin. The dough is then placed on the chitarra and pushed through with the rolling pin, so that the strings of the guitar cut it into strips. Pasta makers from Abruzzo bring down the cut dough by passing a finger on it, as they would "play an arpeggio".
In Abruzzo, maccheroni alla chitarra are most typically prepared with a ragout of lamb (ragù d'agnello). In particular areas of the Abruzzi the traditional condiment is tomato sauce with veal meatballs, so-called pallottelle.
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