Ditalini is a type of pasta that is shaped like small tubes. The literal translation from the Italian language to English is "small thimbles". It has been described as "thimble-sized" and as "very short macaroni". During the time of the industrial age in Apulia, Italy, increased development of ditali and other short-cut pastas occurred. In contemporary times, it is a mass-produced pasta. It is used in several dishes, and is commonly used throughout Sicily.
Use in dishes
Ditalini may be used in several pasta dishes, such as Pasta e fagioli. It is used in traditional Sicilian dishes "throughout Sicily". Some Sicilian dishes with ditalini include pasta with ricotta cheese
and pasta chi vruocculi 'rriminati, which is a pasta and broccoli
dish. It has been described as used often in soups, and as an ideal pasta for use in soups due to their small size being able to "fit well on a spoon". It may also be used in pasta salads.