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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.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 De Vita, Oretta Zanini (2009). Encyclopedia of Pasta. Berkeley: University of California Press. p. 73.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>