|Place of origin||Italy|
|Region or state||Emilia-Romagna and Marche|
|Main ingredients||flour and egg|
|Variations||Fettuccine, Pizzoccheri, tagliolini|
|Other information||Long and thin. Can be served with a creamy sauce and cheese.|
Tagliatelle (Italian pronunciation: [taʎʎaˈtɛlle] ⓘ; from the Italian tagliare, meaning "to cut") is a traditional type of pasta from the Emilia-Romagna and Marche regions of Italy. Individual pieces of tagliatelle are long, flat ribbons that are similar in shape to fettuccine and are traditionally about 6 mm (1⁄4 in) wide. Tagliatelle can be served with a variety of sauces, though the classic is a meat sauce or Bolognese sauce.
The term "tagliatelle" can be traced back to the Renaissance, with one of its first written records appearing in a treaty by Cristoforo di Messisbugo, steward of the House of Este in Ferrara, published in 1549. Tagliatelle are also mentioned in 1593 among the main pasta shapes by the humanist Tommaso Garzoni.
A glass case in the Bologna Chamber of Commerce holds a solid gold replica of a piece of tagliatella, demonstrating the correct width of 8 mm (5⁄16 in) when cooked, equivalent to 6.5–7 mm (1⁄4–9⁄32 in) uncooked, depending on the hardness of the dough.
The texture is porous and rough, making it ideal for thick sauces, generally made with beef, veal, or pork (such as bolognese sauce), and occasionally with rabbit, as well as several other less rich (and more vegetarian) options, such as briciole e noci (with breadcrumbs and nuts), uovo e formaggio (with eggs and cheese), or simply pomodoro e basilico (with tomatoes and basil).
Traditional hand-cutting of tagliatelle
Fresh handmade tagliatelle
Tagliatelle served with meat sauce
Tagliatelle al ragù as served in their city of origin, Bologna
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