rig·​a·​to·​ni | \ ˌri-gə-ˈtō-nē \

Definition of rigatoni

: pasta made in short wide fluted tubes

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Think of them in terms of categories: big tubes (penne, rigatoni), little scoop-y/tube-y shapes (elbows, shells), twirly spirals (rotini, gemelli), thinner strands (spaghetti, linguine), wider strands (fettuccine, pappardelle). Sherry Rujikarn, Good Housekeeping, "5 Common Mistakes That Are Ruining Your Pasta," 8 Apr. 2015 The standards — cheese ravioli, egg fettuccine and rigatoni — are rounded out by rarities like gemelli, which is colloquially called unicorn horns, squid-ink linguine and custom-order fusi sheets. New York Times, "The Long-Running Pasta Show of Queens," 15 May 2018 While spaghetti is traditional, linguine or pappardelle work well, but avoid delicate angel hair or robust rigatoni. Nicole Sours Larson, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Gourmet food on a budget," 23 Apr. 2018 His Harlem menu includes cornbread and his Swedish grandmother's meatballs; his Newark restaurant infuses pasta with Ethiopian flavors in a dish called dorowat rigatoni. Kelli Kennedy, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Celebrity chef plans to open restaurant in Miami's struggling Overtown neighborhood," 18 June 2018 His Harlem menu includes cornbread and his Swedish grandmother's meatballs; his Newark restaurant infuses pasta with Ethiopian flavors in a dish called dorowat rigatoni. Fox News, "Celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson to open restaurant in Miami's Overtown neighborhood," 18 June 2018 Lunch prices range from $7 for a 10-inch cheese pizza to $8 for rigatoni Bolognese to $9 for Mediterranean fresh tuna panini, all served with salad. Ann Maloney, NOLA.com, "A taste of Sicily draws diners to Mandeville trattoria," 10 Apr. 2018 The dinner menu includes options such as tuna tartare, grilled swordfish, and veal short rib with rigatoni. Sarah Meehan, baltimoresun.com, "Mother's Day brunch and dinner specials in the Baltimore area," 1 May 2018 On a recent trip, Vaccaro spoke animatedly of looking forward to adding a new pasta machine to churn out bucatini and rigatoni. Marc Bona, cleveland.com, "Vaccaro's Trattoria keeps focus on all things Italian - family, food, wine (review)," 12 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of rigatoni

circa 1923, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rigatoni

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

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English Language Learners Definition of rigatoni

: a type of pasta that is shaped like short, wide tubes

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