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The distinctive shape of tagliatelle pasta
Place of originItaly
Region or stateEmilia-Romagna and Marche
Main ingredientsFlour and egg
VariationsPizzoccheri, tagliolini
Other informationLong and thin. Can be served with a creamy sauce and cheese.

Tagliatelle (Italian pronunciation: [taʎʎaˈtɛlle]; About this soundlisten ) and tagliolini (from the Italian tagliare, meaning "to cut") are 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 typically about 6.5 to 10 mm (0.26 to 0.39 in) wide.[citation needed] Tagliatelle can be served with a variety of sauces, though the classic is a meat sauce or Bolognese sauce. Tagliolini is another variety of tagliatelle that is long and cylindrical in shape, not long and flat.

Both tagliolini and tagliatelle are made with egg pasta. The traditional ratio is one egg to one hundred grams of flour.

Bavette are also available, and are thinner than tagliatelle; an even thinner version is bavettine.[1]


Legend has it that tagliatelle was created by a talented court chef, who was inspired by Lucrezia d'Este's hairdo on the occasion of her marriage to Annibale II Bentivoglio, in 1487. In reality, this was a joke invented by humorist Augusto Majani in 1931.[citation needed]

The recipe was called tagliolini di pasta e sugo, alla maniera di Zafiran (tagliolini of pasta and sauce in the manner of Zafiran) and it was served on silver plates.[2] Over the years, tagliatelle has become considered a more common food.

A glass case in the Bologna Chamber of Commerce holds a solid gold replica of a piece of tagliatelle, demonstrating the correct dimensions of 1 millimeter by 6 millimeters.[3]


The texture is porous and rough, making it ideal for thick sauces, generally made with beef, veal, or pork, 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—a less rich carbonara), or simply pomodoro e basilico (with tomatoes and basil).

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  1. ^ "Dry Pasta: Linguine, Bavette or Trenette". The Italian Trade Commission. Retrieved December 1, 2009.
  2. ^ Minarelli, Maria Luisa (1993). A tavola con la storia. Sansoni. ISBN 978-88-383-1501-5.
  3. ^ The Classic Italian Cookbook, 1973 by Marcella Hazan