pas·​ti·​na ˈpä-stē-nə How to pronounce pastina (audio)
: very small bits of pasta used in soup or broth

Examples of pastina in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Although slightly larger than the original pastina shape, acini di pepe still works well as a substitute. Sam Stone, Bon Appétit, 11 Jan. 2023 According to HuffPost, the brand—which was acquired by 8th Avenue Food & Provisions in May 2021—decided to discontinue the pastina due to a manufacturing problem. Megan Schaltegger, Better Homes & Gardens, 23 Feb. 2023 Meanwhile, offline pastina lovers have already started hoarding boxes. Celia Mattison, Bon Appétit, 7 Jan. 2023 A few months back, Ronzoni sent fans into a tizzy on social media after the pasta maker announced plans to discontinue its signature pastina, product No. 155. Megan Schaltegger, Better Homes & Gardens, 23 Feb. 2023 Frattaroli is a first-generation Italian American and doesn’t have a generational history with Ronzoni or pastina. Peggy Hernandez,, 24 Jan. 2023 Ronzoni has discontinued its production of pastina. Sam Stone, Bon Appétit, 11 Jan. 2023 Some users even tagged one of Ronzoni’s competitors, Barilla, which sells its own pastina products. Zoe Sottile, CNN, 7 Jan. 2023 Or those tiny pastas, like pastina, with a little butter. Emma Wartzman, Bon Appetit, 7 Mar. 2018

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Word History


Italian, diminutive of pasta pasta

First Known Use

1903, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pastina was in 1903

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Cite this Entry

“Pastina.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

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