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Uncooked cavatelli
Place of origin Italy
Type Pasta

Cavatelli [kavaˈtɛlli] are a type of pasta. The term cavatelli, literally "little hollows",[lower-alpha 1] has two meanings: the most common meaning is small pasta shells that look like miniature hot dog buns.[1] The name is less frequently used for a type of dumpling made with ricotta.[1]

Regional names and varieties

Cavatelli are also known by the name orecchie di prete (priest's ears).[2] In Apulia a number of varieties of Cavatelli have specific names including pizzicarieddi.[2] In parts of Campania, they can be called parmarieddo.[2]

See also


  1. Cognate to English cave and cavity.


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Pasta Shapes". Cook's Thesaurus. Retrieved 29 July 2011. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 De Vita, Oretta Zanini (2009). Encyclopedia of Pasta. Berkeley: University of California Press. p. 73.