There’s something truly delightful about the springy, curly shape of this capricci from Setaro — in fact, that’s where it gets its name! Capricci translates to “whims” (we get the word capricious from the same root), and the whimsical nature of this irregular short pasta will quickly make it a favorite in your home.
Even better than its telephone cord-like twist is its versatility; this sturdy shape can stand up to just about any sauce you can think of. Since 1939, the Setaro family have been making pasta on a winding street in Torre Annunziata in Naples, known as the pasta capital of Italy. Their factory is on the same street, in fact, where Giada's grandfather once made his own pasta! The semolina flour they use is minimally processed, creating a more flavorful pasta than those found in the U.S. Setaro employs the traditional method of air-drying pasta in the cool, salt-tinged breezes that blow in through wild rosemary bushes from the Tyrrhenian Sea, a practice that makes for a delightfully chewy finished product.