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The Italian language is truly romantic.

I mean, really, if every Wednesday Mama yelled out the window of the New York third story flat and said,

“Anthony, it’s Prince ‘thin string’ day!”

Do you really think he’d have coming running home like we see in the commercial?

Instead, we call it by its Italian name: Spaghetti - the plural form of the Italian word spaghetto, which is a diminutive of spago, meaning ‘thin string’ or ‘twine’. (thank you wikipedia)

Pasta has been around for centuries, maybe millennia, and most commonly associated with the spaghetti ‘thin string’ noodle. But pasta comes in a variety of forms:

There is the

Long pasta

  • Barbina - think bird’s nest
  • Bucatini - think the long Starbucks Venti straw
  • Capellini - spaghetti’s very thin cousin
  • Fusilli - you might consider using this corkscrew style pasta to open that bottle of Chianti, but don’t
  • Pici - spaghetti’s cousin on steroids - very thick and hand-rolled pasta

Ribbon cut pasta

  • Fettuccine
  • Lasagne
  • Linguine
  • Tagliatelle

Short-cut or extruded pasta

  • Calamarata
  • Cannelloni
  • Macaroni
  • Penne, and the ever-so-much fun

Decorative cut pasta, such as those for Kraft Macaroni & Cheese

  • Dinosaurs
  • Pokémon
  • SpongeBob &
  • Star Wars

Well, we don’t serve Dinosaurs here at Mediterrano (perhaps I should speak to Chef) but we do have a fine offering of some great Italian food which includes classic pasta dishes, Ravioli and Strozzapreti, as well as entrees like Veal Saltimbocca. So the next time you're craving pasta, don't wait for Momma to yell out the window. Pick up your smartphone and ask Siri for Italian Food in the 48104.

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