Maccheroni alla chitarra
Maccheroni alla chitarra are a typical
dish from Abruzzo. They owe its name to
the "chitarra(guitar)", the
tool with which they cut the dough to
This tool, important in the Italian food
tradition of this region, is made up of
a rectangular beech frame, with thin metal
wires. Pressing the layers of dough with
a rolling pin, you get the maccheroni.
There are other particular tools to knead
the dough, like the "rentrocelo".
The maccheroni al rentrocelo are from
Chieti, especially from the Lanciano area.
The rentrocelo is an engraved wooden tool
that, when pressed on the dough, forms
rectangular stripes. The maccheroni al
rentrocelo, thicker than the maccheroni
alla chitarra, are another typical dish
of the area.