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Definition of rigatoni

: pasta made in short wide fluted tubes

Examples of rigatoni in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web By fresh pepper, Panella is referring to a tray of Devil Finger, jalapeño, and habanero peppers presented tableside before being grated over a plate of pasta, usually a cacio e pepe or a rigatoni all’amatriciana. Fortune, "Exploring America’s Obscure Tableside Presentation Traditions," 29 Sep. 2019 Use leftovers for a baked pasta — layer the squash with rigatoni or penne cooked firmly al dente, and then shower with grated cheese and bread crumbs. Nancy Ngo, Twin Cities, "How to eat that decorative squash on your table with Parmesan, brown butter," 21 Nov. 2019 Think penne, orecchiette, mezzi rigatoni, ditalini and small shells. Becky Krystal, The Denver Post, "How to make a thrifty, fast and tasty one-pot pasta any day of the week," 7 Nov. 2019 Baked rigatoni with ricotta, spaghetti with Sunday gravy or tomato basil sauce, and pasta alla vodka ($11 to $14) start with fresh pasta, which is crafted in-house at Anderson’s New Haven restaurant, Hamilton Park at the Blake Hotel. Leeanne Griffin, courant.com, "Tyler Anderson’s Square Peg Pizzeria opens in Glastonbury, and there are arcade games," 17 Oct. 2019 Customers at More Than Pasta have a choice of rigatoni, fettuccine or arborio rice, with sauces that range from organic chicken and ground beef, to marinara, pancetta and pesto. Jennifer Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "More Than Pasta brings casual Italian plates to Park Ridge," 27 Oct. 2019 Highlights from James Beard nominee’s menu include crispy polenta fritters with ricotta and honey, pasta with rigatoni with spicy sauce and tomatoes, and the lemon zeppole with chocolate dipping sauce. Morgan Raum, PEOPLE.com, "At Nordstrom's New Flagship, You Can Have Food Delivered to You Anywhere in the Store," 25 Oct. 2019 At a moment when good pasta feels unstoppable in the city, his rigatoni decked out with crisp octopus, tender clams and tangy tomato sauce is a leader in the pack. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "Via Sophia brings twists to Italian dining at a downtown hotel," 16 Oct. 2019 The rigatoni with sausage ($25) is just about perfect, what with its squat little noodles, thin, tangy-fresh tomato sauce and more shaved asiago than has a right to be on a single plate. Allyson Reedy, The Know, "Restaurant review: Bettola gives Aurora a date night-perfect Italian bistro," 1 Aug. 2019

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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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The first known use of rigatoni was circa 1923

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“Rigatoni.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rigatoni. Accessed 15 December 2019.

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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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