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Jan 14th, 2009 at 04:26 GMT
What an amazingly random quiz... not that that's a bad thing. I got a big fat eight; I probably should've had ten, but that's still nothing to be proud of. Then again, I'm not sure I would be proud of myself for knowing all thirty of these types of pasta.
Jan 14th, 2009 at 04:33 GMT
good one...thanks....got 15, but was struggling at that......love orzo
Jan 14th, 2009 at 04:37 GMT
I'm surprised that the 'common' names are accepted for these pastas, like 'shells' and 'bow ties' lol.
Jan 14th, 2009 at 04:39 GMT
My favorite is the bow tie. Not only does it taste absolutely delicious with some thick, warm marinara sauce, but its shape is slender and smooth in a way you can slide it through your lips and into your mouth with beautiful ease.
Jan 14th, 2009 at 04:42 GMT
i got 19. What a great quiz. I never would of thought of making a quiz like this.
Jan 14th, 2009 at 05:05 GMT
spelling definitely got me on a few, but thank you, Everyday Italian. finally, watching the food network came in handy!
Jan 14th, 2009 at 05:08 GMT
Jan 14th, 2009 at 05:18 GMT
I got 11... this one's making me hungry.
Jan 14th, 2009 at 06:22 GMT
got 20, as well i should. the first one is not ziti. and i couldn't spell orrichette. little ears. at least i know what it means. good quiz!
Jan 14th, 2009 at 06:38 GMT
Jan 14th, 2009 at 06:39 GMT
The most desperate thing I ever did was probably trying 'Broccoli'...
Jan 14th, 2009 at 06:47 GMT
Finally, a quiz I can get my teeth into! :D 22 out of 30 on the first try, and two of the ones I missed were ones I should have known... Great quiz!
Jan 14th, 2009 at 07:15 GMT
My favorite is radiatore is there any other food named after a car part?
Jan 14th, 2009 at 07:44 GMT
What about Tagliatelle?
Jan 14th, 2009 at 07:49 GMT
I should have got more - I recognised three of them, but my spelling of Italian pasta quite clearly sucks! I must have spent a good ninety seconds on rigatoni alone! (2 gs? 2 ts? how many ns?) My own personal favourite pasta has to be gnocchi! Yum!
Jan 14th, 2009 at 07:50 GMT
Couscous? You got to be kidding me, that's not pasta! Even if you would classify it as noodle (which it certainly isn't) it would still not be pasta (because it's not Italian). There's lots of pasta to replace it.
Jan 14th, 2009 at 08:02 GMT
Strictly speaking, even gnocchi isn't pasta coz it's made of potatoes. ;-) And "rotini" is actually the real FUSILLI. At least in Italy.
Jan 14th, 2009 at 08:15 GMT
As has been stated, couscous and gnocchi aren't pasta: couscous is a grain and gnocchi are dumplings. And when I buy a bag of fusilli anywhere in the UK, I get what you're calling rotini. Wikipedia claims that rotini is a type of fusilli with a tighter spiral but their photographs of the two are indistinguishable to me.
Jan 14th, 2009 at 08:19 GMT
@Moviedynamic: I'm not a big fan of bowties because they're impossible to cook. Either the flat part is done and the crimp is still crunchy or the crimp is done and the flat part is all flaccid and overcooked. Likewise with radiatore.
Jan 14th, 2009 at 09:58 GMT
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Jan 14th, 2009 at 11:16 GMT
ridiculously hard to spell
Jan 14th, 2009 at 11:39 GMT
No, that was facilissimo, haha. Anyway I must say that I had a hard time remembering a few names, there are kinds of pasta I never eat.
Jan 14th, 2009 at 11:43 GMT
@davidr: fusilli is a kind of short pasta and the pic shows a long one.
Jan 14th, 2009 at 11:44 GMT
hmmm having lived in Italy i am ashamed to have only got 12 - however i didnt go for the "common names"!
Jan 14th, 2009 at 13:30 GMT
I couldn't think of the name for the "little ears" pasta...hahaha
Jan 14th, 2009 at 13:31 GMT
13 for me, though I could have done better if spelling didn't count. That's always my downfall. As for the eating of pasta, I had some wonderful ravioli off the seasonal menu at Olive Garden last night. I know I'll get lynched for enjoying the "fake Italian," but it really was tasty after driving around all evening doing errands!
Jan 14th, 2009 at 13:41 GMT
@Lilybert: Sorry, I was a bit vague. I know that fusilli is short. Wikipedia says that fusilli and rotini are different in some way but their pictures of them look identical to me and both seem to show what this quiz describes as rotini.
Jan 14th, 2009 at 14:17 GMT
got 11, couldn't believe fallacio wasn't one!
Jan 14th, 2009 at 14:17 GMT
sorry, uncalled for. I do love these funky quizzes.
Jan 14th, 2009 at 14:20 GMT
couscous isnt pasta!
Jan 14th, 2009 at 14:28 GMT
I would have had 19 if not for "pappardelle". I think I tried "paparadelle", "papparadelle", "paparradelle", "paparadella" and "papparadella" before I gave up. Damn that extra 'a'.
Jan 14th, 2009 at 14:30 GMT
awesome quiz! now I'm hungry...
Jan 14th, 2009 at 14:52 GMT
Great quiz, even though I only got 14/30. Could have gotten a good six more, my mind just went blank. Some I had never heard of, but I loved seeing all of them. And yes, Fusili Jerry! Definitely will have to have some pasta for dinner tonight now. Yum, I love it so.
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Jan 14th, 2009 at 15:23 GMT
Great quiz, the only pasta that was left out was fagotini and I think otherwise you got everything.
Jan 14th, 2009 at 15:59 GMT
FWIW, couscous shows up in both my cookbooks under 'pasta', and even Wikipedia describes it as "made by rolling and shaping moistened semolina wheat and then coating them with finely ground wheat flour.". Sounds an awful lot like pasta to me.
Jan 14th, 2009 at 16:02 GMT
@Jordan: tagliatelle is also missing. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pasta#Varieties_of_pasta gives many more but the quiz doesn't claim to be comprehensive.
Jan 14th, 2009 at 16:02 GMT
It seems that rotini as a word doesn't exist in Italian... maybe it's Italian-American?
Jan 14th, 2009 at 16:03 GMT
My Spelling was awful,.....and I was sad that choo choo wheels wasn't accepted or elbow.
Jan 14th, 2009 at 16:05 GMT
couscous? Since when is that a pasta?
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