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Spaghetti alle Chitarra

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Spaghetti all Chitarra is an ancient pasta variety that has been popular since medieval times. It is named after the tool used to make it which is a frame with a series of parallel wires crossing it called 'chitarra' or guitar. The pasta dough is placed on the 'chitarra' and pushed through so that the wire strings of the 'guitar' cut it into strips. The pasta makes would bring down the cut dough by passing their fingers over it, as if they were strumming a guitar. It's a thick spaghetti with a square cross section, and is a perfect pair ofr a heaty, rich sauce. However it is also often served with a simple tomato sauce, or a pesto. If you're looking for authentic Italian pasta, you're in the right place. Pasta has been produced in the 'Lo Monaco' mill in Gragnano since 1797. Gragnano, a sunny valley in the Gulf of Naples, was the perfect location for pasta production, with an abundance of water streams to power the mills, and a microclimate that provided fresh wind to dry the pasta and just the right percentage of humidity. The sublime pasta that the region produced was exported from local ports, and the area became famous for this Italian food staple. Iozzino use 100% Italian wheat and the water of their local spring to make their bronze drawn pasta. The bronze die and the slow drying give the pasta a rough texture that is a perfect vehicle for your sauce.
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