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#274480 - 02-16-2005 22:39:04 Pasta question - bucatini vs. perciatelli
Jean Brislance Offline
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Registered: 03-29-2001 08:00:00
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Hi all,

I made some meatballs and red sauce over the weekend, and I bought a box of perciatelli to serve with it, as I had never had this type of pasta before.

For the life of me, I can see absolutely no difference between this noodle and bucatini. Both are like long, thick, hollow spaghetti noodles, and they seem to be roughly the same length and size.

Is there any difference between the two, and if so, what is it? (Fabrizio, are you out there to help with this one?)

Just curious,

Jean

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#274481 - 02-16-2005 22:50:35 Re: Pasta question - bucatini vs. perciatelli
jimmie wellman Offline
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Registered: 12-23-2000 08:00:00
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Here's what the Food Lover's Companion says.

bucatini: hollow, long strands, slightly thicker than spaghetti; bucotoni are slightly thicker than bucatini

perciatelli: thin, hollow about twice as thick as spaghetti ; similar to bucatini

How's that for clearing things up?

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#274482 - 02-16-2005 23:29:05 Re: Pasta question - bucatini vs. perciatelli
Brad Ballinger Offline
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Loc: St. Paul, MN
As Jimmie's reference so *eloquently* points out, the two are interchangeable. Either is THE pasta to use when making Amatriciana.
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#274483 - 02-17-2005 01:48:03 Re: Pasta question - bucatini vs. perciatelli
Frank Deis Offline
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Registered: 01-19-2001 08:00:00
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Yep, they are interchangeable. "Buca" mouth, "Percia" pierced. If I weren't wiped right now I would get up and look up the name of another 1 or 2 varieties that are essentially the same. There's one made of whole wheat flour that's used a lot in Venetian cooking. Bigoli??

I just gave the first exam of the semester to 200 Intro Biochem students. Evening classes were easier when I was a little younger. Feeling wilted right now, but getting "watered" ...

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#274484 - 02-17-2005 05:00:17 Re: Pasta question - bucatini vs. perciatelli
Fabrizio Offline
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Registered: 08-08-2002 07:00:00
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Loc: Malibu, CA
Jean,
basically it's the same thing.
As far as I know the only difference is that they are called Bucatini in Latium and Perciatelli in Campania.

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#274485 - 02-17-2005 22:28:52 Re: Pasta question - bucatini vs. perciatelli
Jean Brislance Offline
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Thanks gentlemen!

Quote:

Jean,
basically it's the same thing.
As far as I know the only difference is that they are called Bucatini in Latium and Perciatelli in Campania.




Fabrizio, thanks much. I was wondering if it might be pretty much the same thing, but called something different in other places.

I appreciate the clarification,

Jean

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