Penne lisce, with their smooth side
Type Pasta
Place of origin Italy
Variations Penne lisce, penne rigate, pennoni, mostaccioli
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Penne (Italian pronunciation: [ˈpenːe]) is a type of pasta with cylinder-shaped pieces. Penne is the plural form of the Italian penna, deriving from Latin penna (meaning "feather" or "quill"), and is a cognate of the English word pen.

Description and variations

In Italy, penne are produced in two main variants: "penne lisce" (smooth) and "penne rigate" (furrowed), the latter having ridges on each penna. Pennoni ("big quills") is a wider version of penne.[1] A slightly larger version called mostaccioli (meaning "little mustache" in some Italian dialects) can also be found, which can also be either smooth or ridged in texture.[2]

Penne is traditionally cooked al dente and its shape makes it particularly adapted for sauces, such as pesto, marinara, or arrabbiata. The latter has been celebrated several times in Italian movies, notably in Marco Ferrari's La Grande Bouffe and Federico Fellini's Roma.[3]

See also


  1. "Pasta Shapes". Retrieved 2013-02-21.
  2. "Creamette - Our Products - Mostaccioli Rigati". Archived from the original on 2012-05-09. Retrieved 2013-02-21.
  3. Giorgioni, Livio, (2002). La grande abbuffata : percorsi cinematografici fra trame e ricette. Pontiggia, Federico, 1978-, Ronconi, Marco, 1972-. Cantalupa (Torino): Effatà. p. 25. ISBN 9788874020225. OCLC 50875311.
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