fu·​sil·​li | \ fyü-ˈsi-lē How to pronounce fusilli (audio) , -ˈsē-\

Definition of fusilli

: spiral-shaped pasta

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Sip martinis prepared tableside alongside fusilli a la vodka, smoked roasted prime rib, and cannoli from a white cardboard box. Kara Baskin, BostonGlobe.com, "Say hello to Shy Bird and soon-to-arrive Orfano," 21 Aug. 2019 Top contenders include fusilli, rotini, orecchiette, shells, farfalle (bow tie) and campanelle. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, "Quality over quantity: How to throw together a spectacular pasta salad," 26 July 2019 Or, to be more specific, for the restaurant’s spicy fusilli. Lale Arikoglu, Condé Nast Traveler, "Currently Obsessed With: The Spicy Fusilli at Jon & Vinny's in L.A.," 11 July 2019 The result is a menu with crispy fried oysters with bourbon-barrel soy mash aioli; squid-ink fusilli with chorizo sausage, blue crab and saffron coconut butter; and fermented pork belly with crispy sticky rice cake and shallot kimchi. Houston Chronicle, "Austin, Waco, New Orleans and more: An easy guide to easy getaways from Houston," 10 May 2018 Pasta options are bucatini, fettuccine, maccheroni, fusilli, pappardelle, tagliolini, linguine, spaghetti, rigatoni and tagliatelle. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "New Fresco Café Italiano offering pasta deal," 5 Apr. 2018 Vegetarians will delight in the pillowy gnocchi finished with tender carrots and grassy oregano, while carnivores will find comfort in the toothsome fusilli made with braised lamb leg. Katie Chang, Vogue, "Minneapolis's Best Restaurants: A Guide to Food in the Twin Cities," 2 Feb. 2018 Another fusilli, this one with pomodoro sauce, cherry tomato confit and basil, is light and fresh. Kendall Hamersly, miamiherald, "Casa Tua opens a food hall at Brickell City Centre. It’s great but (spoiler!) not cheap," 24 Jan. 2018 Penne, gemelli, fusilli, bowties and the like are all short pastas in our book. Alex Delany, Bon Appetit, "Which Pasta Shapes to Use When: A Definitive Guide," 11 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of fusilli

1948, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for fusilli

borrowed from Italian, plural of fusillo (originally in southern dialects, as Altamura—Puglia—fusillë), diminutive of fuso "spindle," going back to Latin fūsus, of obscure origin

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