Can you tell riga­toni from bu­ca­tini?

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You could if you knew that a noo­dle’s name of­ten tells you its shape— when you go back to its Ital­ian-lan­guage roots. Riga­toni, from riga, or “line,” has grooves; bu­ca­tini, from buca, or “hole,” is hol­low. Other va­ri­eties in­clude bow-tie-shaped far­falle (far­falla, “but­ter­fly”), pointed penne (penna, “quill”), spi­raled fusilli (fuso, “spin­dle”), and long, thin spaghetti (spago, “string”).

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