Varieties of Pasta from Outside Italy

While Italy is renowned for its rich pasta traditions, many cultures worldwide have crafted unique pasta creations. Each of these cultures reflects the local flavors and culinary ingenuity. Join us as we explore the shapes, textures, and origins of pasta that extend far beyond the borders of Italy.

Filipino Spaghetti from the Philippines

Filipino Spaghetti offers a sweet and savory twist to the traditional Italian version. This unique pasta features a rich, sweet-style tomato sauce generously infused with minced meat, often a combination of ground pork and beef. The sauce incorporates banana ketchup, hot dogs, and sometimes condensed milk. This results in a delightful blend of sweetness and umami. You can serve over a bed of noodles, typically topped with shredded cheese.

Pastitsio from Greece

Pastitsio, a culinary masterpiece from Greece, is a layered baked pasta dish. This Hellenic delight typically features tubular pasta, such as penne, enveloped in a savory meat sauce and often seasoned with cinnamon and cloves. A velvety béchamel sauce crowns the layers, providing a creamy contrast to the hearty meat mixture. 

Sorrentinos from Argentina

Sorrentinos are stuffed pasta parcels, similar to Italian ravioli, and are typically square or round and boast a variety of sumptuous fillings. Common fillings include a harmonious blend of cheeses, ham, spinach, or other savory ingredients. What sets Sorrentinos apart is the vibrant Argentine culinary influence, infusing these pasta pockets with a South American flair. This adds a unique dimension to the dining experience. 

Spaghetti Sandwich from Japan 

The Spaghetti Sandwich is typically nestled between two slices of soft bread; this unique creation features al dente spaghetti coated in a flavorful tomato-based sauce. Sometimes complemented by ingredients like meatballs, cheese, or vegetables, the Spaghetti Sandwich becomes a blend of textures and tastes. 

Baked Ziti from the USA

Baked Ziti brings together the heartiness of Italian flavors with an American twist. This pasta dish features ziti noodles, tubular pasta layered with a robust tomato sauce, ricotta cheese, and melted mozzarella. Baked to perfection, this American adaptation of Italian tradition transforms a simple pasta dish into a warm, hearty, and utter satisfaction.

Chicken Noodles Soup from Various Sources

Chicken noodle soup is a popular dish in several states or countries. It’s a classic comfort dish with tender chicken pieces swimming in a flavorful broth. It also goes alongside various vegetables such as carrots, celery, and onions. Delicate noodles absorb the savory essence of the broth, providing a comforting and satisfying texture with each spoonful. 

You Can’t Go Wrong with Trattoria Il Panino’s Italian Pasta

Trattoria Il Panino prioritizes its customers’ needs and strives to meet them as much as possible. At Trattoria Il Panino, you will meet talented chefs who are willing to cook delicious meals to your taste. Even if this is your first time trying Italian pasta, Trattoria Il Panino is the right place to begin exploring Italian culinary heritage. Make a reservation today to experience it in the North End!