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ziti vs. rigatoni

ziti vs. rigatoni: What's the difference?

Although ziti and rigatoni are both tubular pastas, they have slightly different shapes. Ziti is smaller, straighter, and usually smooth. Rigatoni is larger, with a bit of a curve and a wider opening, and usually comes with grooves in the sides that help the sauce stick to the pasta.

[ zee-tee ]
  1. a tubular pasta in short pieces, similar to rigatoni, often baked in a tomato sauce.
[ rig-uh-toh-nee ]
  1. a tubular pasta in short, ribbed pieces.

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