The Mezze Penne Rigate belongs to the Penne family and differs from them in being shorter.
The term Penne refers, in the Italian language, to the goose quill pen used in ancient times for writing and which was cut on the bias to obtain a tip with a thin stroke. The format, obtained from a tube of pasta, smooth or lined, of variable length, has the characteristic diagonal cut typical of the writing pen.
Penne are one of the few pasta shapes with a certain date of birth: in 1865, in fact, a pasta maker originally from San Martino d'Albaro (Genoa), Giovanni Battista Capurro, asked and obtained a patent for a diagonal cutting machine. The patent was important because it allowed you to cut fresh pasta in the shape of a pen without crushing it, in a variable format between 3 and 5 centimeters (mezze penne or penne). The document kept in the Central Archive of the State of Rome reads: “ Up to nowadays it was not possible to obtain the diagonal cut that with hand scissors, a method which in addition to being too slow and expensive presented the drawback of producing an irregular cutting and crushing the dough ".
The Mezze Penne Rigate, thanks to their small size, are perfect for being able to mix well with the condiments, especially the creamiest ones, both red with tomato and white cheeses, or with the classic soups to be savored with a spoon.
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