Tool Test: Eppicotispai Chitarra Pasta Cutter

 

Purpose:

To make spaghetti using a chittara-style pasta cutter.

Protocol:

Procedure:

A chittara (guitar) pasta cutter uses a set of wires to cut the pasta in batches.

  1. Tighten the strings on the pasta cutter. Not too tight (more on this later).
  2. Make one serving of the Fresh Pasta for 2 dough.
  3. Roll the pasta to about 3mm this (#2 or #3 on the Kitchen Aid pasta roller
  4. Dust the pasta cutter with some flour.
  5. Place the flattened dough on top of the pasta cutter.
  6. Use a rolling pin to press the dough through the wires.
  7. You may need to use a spatula or your fingers to push the dough all the way through.
  8. Remove the pasta by turning the pasta cutter on its side.
  9. Repeat with the rest of the dough.
  10. Boil for 3 minutes in salted water.
  11. Serve with sauce.

Results and observations:

So this little contraption worked really well for spaghetti. It was really easy to use once you get the hang of it. I made Kenji’s basic meat sauce from The Food Lab cookbook.

Spaghetti

Unfortunately, an attempt to replicate┬áthese results while hosting Stephanie’s parents was not successful. I loosened the strings for storage, and when I went to tighten them again for the second use, I found out that the wood was not strong enough to hold the tension beyond a certain point, i.e., I broke the pasta cutter. So be careful if you buy one of these cutters; they work well, but this particular model was pretty cheaply made.

 

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