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Spaghetti alla chitarra can seem a really tricky name. Literally you would have to translate «guitar style spaghetti», and sometimes people around the world asked what does the music has to do with Italian pasta. The name actually derives from the tool used for producing it. In fact, the Guitar is a frame of steel wires placed a few millimeters from each other. The dough is pressed on it and split in pasta twines with a square section and uniform length.

spaghetti alla chitarra || italian dinnerSo spaghetti alla chitarra are a particular kind of spaghetti with a long size and a square section. A bronze wire-drawing dough ensures high-quality cooking which honors the typical Italian pasta.

It’s fun to see, in a typical Italian family, that every mum or dad who loves to cook always teaches the kid ho to do a dough. Sometimes they are too tough because too much flour has been used, other times it’s too soft because there is too much water and kids complain about all the dough glued in their hand. Someone laughs, some others cry and it is a tragedy.

dough for spaghetti alla chitarra || italian dinner

Watch out how to use the frame to roll the dough of spaghetti alla chitarra👇

All about spaghetti alla chitarra

Best matches The striped surface of spaghetti alla chitarra makes them perfect for sauces. Try them with a simple sauce of tomatoes and basil, or have fun with meat or fish sauces.

Origin Gragnano, Naples (Italy). The heading picture is from Pastai Gragnanesi (literally «pasta makers from Gragnano») and it’s a company that mostly sells to restaurants in a B2B way.

How to cook spaghetti

  • Put a pot of salted water on to boil.
  • Add the pasta to the boiling water.
  • Wait 10 minutes (or suggested time for al dente)
  • Drain in a colander.
  • Season your pasta as you want and appreciate it!

Most famous recipes 

  • Carbonara
  • Gricia
  • in tomato sauce
  • in pesto Genovese
  • Puttanesca
  • with sardines

Suggested quantity for 4 people 0.5 kg.

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