rig·​a·​to·​ni ˌri-gə-ˈtō-nē How to pronounce rigatoni (audio)
: pasta made in short wide fluted tubes

Examples of rigatoni in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Must order: Beef Wellington 06 Carbone The Vegas outpost of this NYC staple — which can be found inside the ARIA Resort & Casino — comes highly recommended by travel advisor Karen Hart, who loves the eatery’s signature spicy rigatoni and the branzino. Lauren Dana Ellman, Travel + Leisure, 7 Oct. 2023 The rigatoni in spicy vodka sauce ($18) my dining companion, Carrie, ordered is a reminder of the best Thunderdome's Pepp & Dolores restaurant has to offer with its thick cylinders of rigatoni, rustic Italian sausage, plump green peas in spicy vodka sauce and cheese. Keith Pandolfi, The Enquirer, 15 Mar. 2024 Blue Collar classics will remain, of course: The Billy Corben sandwich (brisket with latkes and applesauce), the cheeseburger and The Big Ragout (brisket, veal shoulder, pork shoulder, pancetta and rigatoni) all remain. Connie Ogle, Miami Herald, 1 Mar. 2024 Stop by for meat, cheeses, wine, and prepared foods like macaroni and cheese and chicken rigatoni. Nicole Letts, Southern Living, 22 Jan. 2024 Continue adding rigatoni up the back of the hood, stopping about 2 in. Amanda Kingloff, Parents, 2 Feb. 2024 Both an evocative and transportive dining experience, Carbone has been immortalized in song and redefined the cuisine’s traditional favorites like Spicy Rigatoni, which is now considered the only spicy rigatoni. Melinda Sheckells, The Hollywood Reporter, 29 Nov. 2023 The epitome of classics, these plates rarely veer far from traditional preparations with the likes of rigatoni with homemade sausage and peas, potato gnocchi with pesto and penne in a veal red sauce. Jill Cassidy, The Arizona Republic, 16 Jan. 2024 Mario Carbone is famous for his spicy rigatoni vodka. Lane Florsheim, WSJ, 13 Nov. 2023

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Word History


Italian, plural, from rigato furrowed, fluted, from past participle of rigare to furrow, flute, from riga line, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German rīga line — more at row

First Known Use

circa 1923, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of rigatoni was circa 1923

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“Rigatoni.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rigatoni. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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