Last week, while out for dinner at a little Italian restaurant in New York's East Village, our table of eight gazed at the last item on the chalkboard menu with a collective blank stare: "Cencioni Bolognese." Nobody, myself included, had ever heard of this pasta shape.
Described by the server as, "larger than orecchiette, almost like a potato chip," my curiosity was piqued. The result was surprisingly delicious. Thick, firm disks of fresh pasta, shaped, yes, exactly like a flattened potato chip formed little boats to hold scoops of hearty bolognese. How perfect!
Thinking about less common pasta shapes reminded me of Pop Chart Lab's Plethora of Pasta Permutations, which I've been meaning to get framed for the kitchen. Sure enough — there it was! Cencioni in the lower right hand corner, an off-shoot of "ornamental."
With over 250 options, I'm inspired to try out a few of these less well-known pasta shapes in soups this fall.
Find it → Plethora of Pasta Permutations, $32 at Pop Chart Lab
What are your favorite pasta shapes?
(Image: Pop Chart Lab)