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De Cecco Ziti

An Italian Bride's Pasta

In the south of Italy, the term ‚Äč‚ÄúZita‚ÄĚor ‚Äč‚ÄúZiti‚ÄĚ means the bride and is the type of pas¬≠ta tra¬≠di¬≠tion¬≠al¬≠ly asso¬≠ci¬≠at¬≠ed with wed¬≠dings and is always served at wed¬≠ding recep¬≠tions in Italy.

Tast­ing Notes from the Curator

Ziti or Zita is a long tubu¬≠lar pas¬≠ta that is quite thick with a fair¬≠ly rough tex¬≠ture, is bro¬≠ken by hand into uneven pieces, before being put in the saucepan to cook.


Ziti is best for oven-baked recipes with rich sauces filled with meat, veg­eta­bles or strong Ital­ian cheeses such as Grana Padano, Pecori­no Romano, Pro­volone or Cacio­cav­al­lo. Alter­na­tive­ly, it is also excel­lent served with veg­etable sauces pre­pared with toma­to and the addi­tion of pep­pers, aubergines and courgettes.

If you would like some¬≠thing tra¬≠di¬≠tion¬≠al, Pas¬≠ta la Gen¬≠ovese, or alla Gen¬≠ovese, is an icon¬≠ic Neapoli¬≠tan recipe that uses Ziti. It is a very old recipe cre¬≠at¬≠ed in 15th cen¬≠tu¬≠ry that requires slow cook¬≠ing to make the meat tender. 

Quin­tes­sen­tial­ly Neapolitan

Ziti is THE pas¬≠ta for feasts, hol¬≠i¬≠days, cel¬≠e¬≠bra¬≠to¬≠ry meals and fam¬≠i¬≠ly Sun¬≠day lunch¬≠es in Italy. Tra¬≠di¬≠tions are impor¬≠tant in the South¬≠ern Ital¬≠ian region. This pas¬≠ta is tra¬≠di¬≠tion¬≠al¬≠ly bro¬≠ken by hand, just before cook¬≠ing, usu¬≠al¬≠ly a shared activ¬≠i¬≠ty by women of the fam¬≠i¬≠ly. It is usu¬≠al¬≠ly bro¬≠ken into 4 pieces but less or more are possible.

The Ziti pas¬≠ta is also a sta¬≠ple dur¬≠ing wed¬≠dings, often served as the first course of the bridal ban¬≠quets. The name ‚Äč‚Äėziti‚Äô came from the word ‚Äč‚Äėzitelle‚Äô mean¬≠ing maid or sin¬≠gle woman and the pas¬≠ta is an essen¬≠tial food to cel¬≠e¬≠brate a woman enter¬≠ing the mar¬≠ried life as a new bride. 

Storage Instructions

Store in a cool dry place.

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