Pasta-shapes

Pasta comes in all shapes and sizes. The tiniest shapes are often used in soups, long ribbons or strands with sauces, and tubes and fanciful shapes in casseroles and pasta salads.  Some shapes are large enough to be stuffed and baked, and others, like ravioli, come already stuffed.

Pasta normally is white-yellow, but other colors exist. See here for the other pasta colours. Below an overview of the most common pasta types and their synonyms.


Name
Image
Synonym(s) Description
Alfabeto  Letter-shaped soup pasta
Anchellini Piombi Short-cut pasta, suitable for vegetable or thin soups
Anelli Siciliani Large size ring-shaped short-cut pasta, suitable for soups or salads
Armonie Stortini Short-cut pasta, suitable for vegetable or thin soups
Ballerine Campanelle Short cut pasta suitable for salads or soups
Bigoli Bigui, Pincinelli Large diameter (about 3 mm) and very long-cut spaghetti, made with wholemeal soft wheat flour or semolina.
Bucatini Perciatellini, Foratini, Fidelini bucati, Fide bucate Small diameter (about 2.4 - 2.7 mm) and smooth surface long-cut dry hollow pasta.
Cannelloni Gnocchettoni Zitoni, Tagliati di Zitoni, Cannelloni Zitoni, Canneroni, Spole, Sigarette, Schiaffoni Short-cut shape, suitable for vegetable sauce pasta or casserolas
Cannolicchi medi Sciviotti ziti, Denti di cavallo, Denti di pecora, Fischiotti, Fischioni, Canneroni Hollow short-cut pasta, suitable for casseroles or vegetable soups
Capelli d'angelo Angel's hair, Cabellos de Angel, Capelvenere, Fidelini, Fedelini, Cappellini, Sopracappellini,
Capellini fini, Bassetti,
Tagliolini a nido, Barbine a nido
Very thin long-cut extruded pasta ( mm 1 - 1.2), usually nested or coiled, suitable for clear soups.
Very popular shape all over the world.
Cappelletti Medium size, pinched stuffed fresh pasta, filled with vegetables, cheese, ricotta or meat based filling
Cappelletti Umbri Typical for the Umbria region
Cappello napoletano Short cut pasta suitable for casseroles or salads
Casarecci Cesariccia These are short lengths of rolled and twisted Italian pasta.   They're usually served with meat sauces. 
Cavatelli It usually refers to small pasta shells that resemble tiny hot dog buns. The name is less commonly used for a type of dumpling made with ricotta cheese. 
Chiocciole Short cut pasta suitable for salads or soups
Ciocchetti Short cut pasta suitable for salads or soups
Cocciolette Abissini Small shell-shaped pasta, suitable for vegetable or thin soups
Conchigliette Tofettine, Coccioline, Cinesini, Margaritine, Cinesi rigati, Mezzi cocci, Margherite rigate, Cappettine Extruded short-cut shape, suitable for soups or meat sauce pasta
Conchiglioni Jumbo Shells Large size short-cut grooved pasta
Coquillettes Short-cut extruded shape, suitable for vegetable or meat sauce pasta
Creste di galli Short cut pasta suitable for salads or soups. Shaped like creste di galli ("cockscomb" in Italian).
Dischi Messicani, Dischi Volanti Short cut pasta suitable for casseroles or salads
Fagiolini rigati Cornetti rigati, Sedanetti rigati, Sedanini rigati, Stortini rigati, Diavoletti rigati, Tubetti lunghi rigati
Farfalle Galla genovese, Fiocconi; Farfalloni Stamped " Bologna " shape, suitable for casseroles or meat sauce pasta
Fettuccelle ricce Nastrini, Reginette, Reginelle, Fettucce ricce Curled fettuccine (width about 12 mm).
Fettuccine Lasagnette, Fettucce Long-cut pasta with rectangular section (about 0.8 x 8 mm), fresh or dry.
Francesine Stricchetti tondi, Saliere, Farfalle tonde, Fiocchetti Extruded short-cut shape, suitable for soups or meat sauce pasta
Fusilli Eliche, Tortiglioni, Spirali Spiral shape short-cut pasta, suitable for casseroles or salads
Fusilloni Eliche grandi Spiral shape short-cut pasta, suitable for casseroles or salads
Gemelli Spiral shape short-cut pasta, suitable for casseroles or salads
Gianduietta Gianduini Short-cut pasta, suitable for vegetable or thin soups
Gigli Cornetti, Corni di bue Short cut pasta suitable for casseroles or salads
Gramigna Crestine, Margherite lisce, Fagioletti, Zitellini, Tubettini lunghi Short-cut extruded shape, suitable for vegetable or meat sauce pasta
Gramignoni Spaccatelle, Maglietta, Stivalettini Short-cut extruded shape, suitable for vegetable or meat sauce pasta
Grano Brofandei Short-cut pasta, suitable for vegetable or thin soups
Grattoni Short-cut pasta, suitable for vegetable or thin soups
Italiana Pierced short-cut pasta, suitable for vegetable and clear soups
Lasagne Lasagnoni, Bardele Long-cut pasta with rectangular section (about 0.6 x 25 mm), fresh or dry.
Linguine Bavettine, Bavette fini, Radichini, Linguettine Small size and elliptic section long-cut pasta.
Lumachine Lumachelle, Lumachette, Cirillini Short cut pasta suitable for salads or soups
Maccheroni    Macaroni Hollow elbow-shaped pasta
Mafalde Frese, Tagliatelle nervate Rectangular size double side-curled long-cut pasta (width about mm 10).
Malloreddus Gnocchetti sardi   Short-cut pasta, suitable for vegetable or thin soups. From Sardinia .
Maltagliati Strengozze Short-cut pasta, suitable for vegetable or thin soups
Margherita Messinese lunga Middle-lenght cut extruded shape, suitable for vegetable or meat sauce pa
Merletti Short-cut pasta, suitable for soups or salads
Messinesi Short-cut extruded shape, suitable for vegetable or meat sauce pasta
Mezzani Perciatelloni, Mezze Zite, Regine, Scaloppi, Napoletani Large diameter (about 5 - 6 mm) and smooth surface long-cut dry hollow pasta
Mostaccioli Mezze Penne, Mezze Penne zite, Penne di ziti, Ziti tagliati Slanting short-cut pasta, suitable for casseroles, soups or salads
Mparrettati This unusual variety of Italian pasta consists of poorly wrapped straws of dough, about 20-30 cm long.
Nuvole Short cut pasta suitable for soups or salads
Occhi di Passero Occhi di Pernice, Occhio d'acquila, Occhi di Trota Short-cut pasta, suitable for vegetable or thin soups
Ondule Curled short-cut pasta, suitable for casseroles or salads
Orecchiette   Short cut pasta suitable for salads or soups. Shaped like ears.
Orzo Puntine, Punte d'ago, Armelline, Semi d'orzo, Semi d'avena, Semi di riso, Occhi di giudeo, Armellette, Puntalette, Semi di cicoria, Cicorietta, Risetto, Chicchi di riso, Semini, Avena, Avena grande, Cicorie
Short-cut pasta, suitable for vegetable or thin soups
Pantacce Short cut pasta suitable for soups or salads
Pappardelle Papparelle Long-cut pasta with rectangular section (about 0.8 x 20 mm), fresh or dry
Paternoster Gnocchetti, Gnocchettini, Tubettini, Ditaletti, Coralli, Ditalini, Avemarie, Caporelli Short-cut pasta, suitable for vegetable or thin soups
Pennine (Penne) Mezze pennette lisce, Mezze penne, Mezzani, Pennettine, Pennuzze, Penne Regina Slanting short-cut hollow shape, suitable for vegetable sauce pasta
Pennoni Penne di Zitoni, Zitoni tagliati, Penna a candela Large size short-cut hollow pasta
Perciatelli Maccheroncelli, Maccheronicini, Mezzanelli, Long Macaroni Medium diameter (about 4 mm) and smooth surface long-cut pierced dry pasta.
Pizzoccheri These long buckwheat noodles are popular in northern Italy
Quadrefiore Short cut pasta suitable for salads or soups.
Quadrettini Quadrucci, Quadratini, Quadretti, Lucciole Short-cut pasta, suitable for vegetable or thin soups
Quadrucci rigati Quadratini rigati, Quadretti rigati Short-cut pasta, suitable for vegetable or thin soups
Radiatori Marziani Short-cut extruded shape, suitable for vegetable or meat sauce pasta
Ravioli Different size and shape fresh pasta, stuffed with vegetables, ricotta, cheese, meat and even fish based filling.
Ricciarelle Riccioline, Sfresatine, Manfredine, Fettuccia riccia Double size curled large tagliatella (width about 15 mm).
Rigatoni Long hollow tube shaped pasta
Rocchetti Salamini, Caramelle Short cut pasta suitable for casseroles or salads
Ruotine Rotelle, Rotelline, Rotine, Rotini Wheel-shaped, short-cut pasta, suitable for casseroles or salads
Sagnarelli   This flat Italian pasta is about 5 cm long, and has a ridged border.
Sciviottini Cannolicchi piccoli, Fagioloni, Svuotini, Gnocchetti di Ziti, Canoncetti, Svoltini Hollow short-cut pasta, suitable for soups or casseroles
Semi di Melone Semi di mela, Midolline, Semoni, Risone Short-cut pasta, suitable for vegetable or thin soups
Spaghetti Vermicelli, Fide, Ristoranti, Vermicelloni, Filatelli, Vermicelloni giganti, Spaghettoni Medium diameter (1.8 - 2.4 mm) long-cut dry pasta (broken for Vermicelli).
Spighe Tree-shaped short-cut pasta, suitable for casseroles or salads
Stellette Stellettine, Stelle, Astri, Fiori di Sambuco Short-cut pasta, suitable for vegetable or thin soups
Strozzapreti  The name means "priest strangler" in Italian, and it refers to a pasta shape that resembles a rolled towel.
Tagliatelle Tagliarelli, Reginelle, Fresine, Nastri, Fettuccelle, Fettucce romane, Fiadi Long-cut pasta with rectangular section (about 0.8 x 10 mm), fresh or dry.
Tagliati di Ziti Cannelli Ziti, Gnocchetti Ziti, Spolette Short-cut shape, suitable for vegetable sauce pasta
Tagliolini Fidelini a nido, Tagliatelline, Trinette a matasse Long-cut pasta with rectangular section (about 0.8 x 3 mm), fresh or dry.
Tempesta Seme Santo, Tempestina, Grattata, Peperino, Pepe, Fregolina, Peperini di Genova, Vaporino, Piselli, Pisellini, Grandinina soda, Grattini, Primaverine, Scintille Short-cut pasta, suitable for vegetable or thin soups
Torchio   These pasta shapes resemble torches, the better to scoop up chunky sauces.
Tortelli Tordelli Medium or large size, rectangular or square stuffed fresh pasta, filled with vegetables, ricotta, cheese or meat based filling
Tortellini Very small size fresh or even dry pasta, stuffed with meat based special filling, by tradition only suitable for meat broth or casserole
Trenne Hollow tubes, flattened on one side.
Trennette Same as Trenne, but smaller.
Tripolini Signorine One side curled long-cut pasta (width about 10 mm).
Troffiette Small, twisted pasta.
Trottole Short cut pasta suitable for salads or soups
Tufoli Maniche, Gigantoni, Occhi di elefante, Elefante, Canneroni grandi, Occhi di bove Very large diameter short-cut and smooth surface hollow pasta, suitable for vegetable or meat sauce pasta and for casseroles
Ziti Boccolotti, Zitoni, Zituane, Candele Very large diameter long-cut and smooth surface hollow pasta.

 

 

Synonyms:

Abissini

Fagioloni

Messicani

Saliere

Angel's hair

Farfalle tonde

Mezzanelli

Scaloppi

Armellette

Farfalloni

Mezzani

Schiaffoni

Armelline

Fedelini

Mezze

Scintille

Astri

Fettucce

Mezze penne

Sciviotti ziti

Avemarie

Fettucce ricce

Mezze pennette lisce

Sedanetti rigati

Avena

Fettucce romane

Mezzi cocci

Sedanini rigati

Avena grande

Fettuccelle

Midolline

Seme Santo

Barbine a nido

Fettuccia riccia

Napoletani

Semi d'avena

Bardele

Fiadi

Nastri

Semi di cicoria

Bassetti

Fide

Nastrini

Semi di mela

Bavette fini

Fide bucate

Occhi di bove

Semi di riso

Bavettine

Fidelini

Occhi di elefante

Semi d'orzo

Bigui

Fidelini a nido

Occhi di giudeo

Semini

Boccolotti

Fidelini bucati

Occhi di Pernice

Semoni

Brofandei

Filatelli

Occhi di Trota

Sfresatine

Cabellos de Angel

Fiocchetti

Occhio d'acquila

Sigarette

Campanelle

Fiocconi

Papparelle

Signorine

Candele

Fiori di Sambuco

Penna a candela

Sopracappellini

Cannelli Ziti

Fischioni

Penne di Zitoni

Spaccatelle

Cannelloni Zitoni

Fischiotti

Penne Regina

Spaghettoni

Canneroni

Foratini

Pennettine

Spirali

Canneroni

Fregolina

Pennuzze

Spole

Canneroni grandi

Frese

Pepe

Spolette

Cannolicchi piccoli

Fresine

Peperini di Genova

Stelle

Canoncetti

Galla genovese

Peperino

Stellettine

Capellini fini

Gianduini

Perciatellini

Stivalettini

Capelvenere

Gigantoni

Perciatelloni

Stortini

Caporelli

Gnocchetti

Pincinelli

Stortini rigat

Cappellini

Gnocchetti di Ziti

Piombi

Strengozze

Cappettine

Gnocchetti sardi  

Piselli

Stricchetti tondi

Caramelle

Gnocchetti Ziti

Pisellini

Svoltini

Cesariccia

Gnocchettini

Primaverine

Svuotini

Chicchi di riso

Gnocchettoni Zitoni

Puntalette

Tagliarelli

Cicorie

Grandinina soda

Punte d'ago

Tagliatelle nervate

Cicorietta

Grattata

Puntine

Tagliatelline

Cinesi rigati

Grattini

Quadratini

Tagliati di Zitoni

Cinesini

Jumbo Shells

Quadratini rigati

Tagliolini a nido

Cirillini

Lasagnette

Quadretti

Tempestina

Coccioline

Lasagnoni

Quadretti rigati

Tofettine

Coralli

Linguettine

Quadrucci

Tordelli

Cornetti

Long Macaroni

Radichini

Tortiglioni

Cornetti rigati

Lucciole

Regine

Trinette a matasse

Corni di bue

Lumachelle

Reginelle

Tubetti lunghi rigati

Crestine

Lumachette

Reginelle

Tubettini

Denti di cavallo

Macaroni

Reginette

Tubettini lunghi

Denti di pecora

Maccheroncelli

Riccioline

Vaporino

Diavoletti rigati

Maccheronicini

Risetto

Vermicelli

Dischi Volanti

Maglietta

Risone

Vermicelloni giganti

Ditaletti

Manfredine

Ristoranti

Zitellini

Ditalini

Maniche

Rotelle

Zitoni

Elefante

Margaritine

Rotelline

Zitoni tagliati

Eliche

Margherite lisce

Rotine

Zituane

Eliche grandi

Margherite rigate

Rotini

 

Fagioletti

Marziani

Salamini