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May302008

Name That Gadget...

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Okay, I'm back from another assignment and this is a nifty souvenir I picked up. Any idea what it is? (hint: of course it's food related!)

 

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Reader Comments (47)

An egg slicer for really really large eggs? ;-)

May 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterElkit

an egg slicer?

May 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCaitlin

Pasta cutter?

May 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMorgan

A carrature, a cutter from Abruzzo for making pasta alla chitarra.

May 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBrett

A guitar cutter, for slicing chocolates and caramels?

May 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHannah

It's a "chitarra" to make "spaghetti alla chitarra".

May 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterFrancesca

A chitarra for cutting pasta. Now, what will you make with it?

I also guess egg slicer.

You have a great site by the way. Especially love the new design

May 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJackie

Does it stay in tune???

May 30, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterburntfinger

An egg slicer.

May 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterErika

I've used it to slice eggs and massacred unwilling tomatoes too.

May 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSmita

it is either an egg or cake slicer.

May 31, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterkat

It looks like the tomato slicers we used at Burger King in 1976. They were evil, as they sliced knuckles regularly as well.

May 31, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLynnH

Slicer for hard-boiled eggs???

May 31, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterNora

Chitarra!

May 31, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHande

I have to go with chitarra too. My mother has one that looks just like that.

something to make noodles with?

June 1, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterrokh

a cheese slicer?

June 1, 2008 | Unregistered Commenteryan

it's the tool to make spaghetti alla chitarra! yummy : )

June 1, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAles

Hi,
It's a chitarra, for cutting pasta.
I like this game!!
Suzie

June 1, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSuzie

chitarra!
now i'm hungry!

June 1, 2008 | Unregistered Commentermaryn

It is definitely a chitarra, to cut pasta with! Ciao!

June 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterElaine

Hi just called in from Bleeding Espresso...I think it is a Pasta Cutter...Going to have a good read of your blog later...I have found lots of good ones lately...now so many too read...:-)

June 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

Is it an angel food cake fork? :)

June 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa Manning

For tearing or pulling apart pieces of angel food cake.:)

June 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa Manning

Oh, Now I see the box below.... yeah, a pasta cutter!... Dummy me!!!!! :)

June 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa Manning

I have no clue what the mystery tool is but after googling what a chitarra was I have to agree it looks like that. My first thought was a bread slicer but the slices are awfully thin and I'm not sure they use slicers over in Europe.

I found your blog through Bleeding Espresso, great job.

June 3, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterIce Tea For Me

Sheesh, you guys know your obscure regional cooking implements, don't you?

It is, of course, a chitarra, for cutting pasta.

As for where I picked it up, Brett nailed that one on the head. And he even knew the name in local dialect!

More soon...

June 3, 2008 | Registered Commentermelissa

Neat! Is the word "chitarra" based on the Italian for "guitar"? That would make sense. (Yes, I have no Italian beyond "Dove sono le mie chiavi?")

June 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKitt

as Francesca wrote, it'the 'chitarra' for cutting the 'spaghetti alla chitarra'.

June 5, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterpaola

Hmmmm... I can't even guess... So hurry up and give us the answer. ;-)

Paz

June 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterPaz

OK now that we know what it is...what time is dinner?!

And to Kit, yes, chitarra (pronounced "key-TAR-rah" means guitar in Italian :)

June 7, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterbleeding espresso

Oops, that's "Kitt." Sorry!

June 7, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterbleeding espresso

It's a chitarra, a tool to cut a typical pasta from Abruzzo, Italy: the spaghetti alla chitarra.

June 9, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMonica

pasta cutter doohickey thingymabobber!

June 9, 2008 | Unregistered Commentersteamy kitchen

...everyone in Abruzzo knows!!
Melissa, thank You for Your description of "Ceppe" the traditional pasta of Civitella del Tronto.

Isn't a chitarra ALSO used for cutting fresh mozzerella?

June 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMaven

Kitt - As bleeding espresso confirmed, it does indeed mean 'guitar'. Not too hard to see why, eh?

Maurizio - Thank you for such a wonderful meal!

Maven - I've never seen or heard of that use for a chitarra, but one of the Italians here should be able to say for sure.

June 11, 2008 | Registered Commentermelissa

it's a "guitar" for slicing fresh pasta dough into thin noodles.

June 12, 2008 | Unregistered Commentermalka lev adom

and no, I didn't read the comments before me! :-D
I was in Italy for a week in the end of May. oh, I'm in love. I've been listening to Paolo Conte since I got back, living in a piedmontese movie!

June 12, 2008 | Unregistered Commentermalka lev adom

noodle cutter?

June 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChris

Chitarra for "spaghetti alla chitarra"!

look here:http://www.pasta.it/pastespeciali.htm

delicious with garlic, oil and chili, on a fondue of creme and parmigiano reggiano!

June 26, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCarla

old fashioned Pasta cutter

July 3, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterASha

I say egg slicer. I think my mom had one.

July 24, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterrhea

it is a guitar...it is used to cut exact pieces of ganache, pate au fruit!

July 28, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterNancy Snyder

A pasta cutter.

August 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAlice

A pasta dryer rack

August 4, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterindigonat

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