Penne vs. Ziti

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Main Difference

The main difference between Penne and Ziti is that the Penne is a type of pasta and Ziti is a pasta.

  • Penne

    Penne (Italian pronunciation: [ˈpenːe]) is a type of pasta with cylinder-shaped pieces. Penne is the plural form of the Italian penna, deriving from Latin penna (meaning “feather” or “quill”), and is a cognate of the English word pen.

  • Ziti

    Bucatini [bukaˈtiːni], also known as perciatelli [pertʃaˈtɛlli], is a thick spaghetti-like pasta with a hole running through the center. The name comes from Italian: buco, meaning “hole”, while bucato or its Neapolitan variant perciato means “pierced”.

    Bucatini is common throughout Lazio, particularly Rome. It is a tubed pasta made of hard durum wheat flour and water. Its length is 25–30 cm (10–12 in) with a 3 mm (1/8 inch) diameter. The average cooking time is nine minutes. In Italian cuisine, it is served with buttery sauces, pancetta or guanciale, vegetables, cheese, eggs, and anchovies or sardines.

    Similarly, ziti [ˈdziːti] are long hollow rods which are also smooth in texture and have square-cut edges; “cut ziti” are ziti cut into shorter tubes. There is also zitoni [dziˈtoːni], which is a wider version of ziti.

  • Penne (noun)

    A type of short, diagonally cut pasta.

  • Ziti (noun)

    A type of penne pasta in the form of long smooth hollow tubes.

  • Ziti (noun)

    pasta in the form of tubes resembling large macaroni.

Oxford Dictionary

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