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Pasta Chitarra

A traditional instrument for cutting fresh pasta sheets, the chitarra (KEY-tarra) has ancient origins in the Abruzzo region of Italy. Master handcrafters from Pretoro hand-string two sets of zinc-coated steel wires on the varnished ashwood box. One side...Read More

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A traditional instrument for cutting fresh pasta sheets, the chitarra (KEY-tarra) has ancient origins in the Abruzzo region of Italy. Master handcrafters from Pretoro hand-string two sets of zinc-coated steel wires on the varnished ashwood box. One side yields evenly cut fettuccine, and the opposite side, delicate angel hair. Clean with brush. Do not use water. Faithful mate to the chitarra is the rolling pin that helps flatten the dough and then press and cut it through the wires. For best results, we recommend this 20" French-style beechwood rolling pin.

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A traditional instrument for cutting fresh pasta sheets, the chitarra (KEY-tarra) has ancient origins in the Abruzzo region of Italy. Master handcrafters from Pretoro hand-string two sets of zinc-coated steel wires on the varnished ashwood box. One side yields evenly cut fettuccine, and the opposite side, delicate angel hair. Clean with brush. Do not use water. Faithful mate to the chitarra is the rolling pin that helps flatten the dough and then press and cut it through the wires. For best results, we recommend this 20" French-style beechwood rolling pin.
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Una vera chitarra!
This really is una vera chitarra, the real deal- just like my grandmother from Abruzzo used. The chitarra is sturdily built, and the strings are very tightly strung on both sides of the unit, guaranteeing even and sharp cutting of the pasta dough. The strings on each side are strung at different distances from one another, allowing the user to make 2 different sizes of maccheroni, depending on which side is used. Place a piece of rolled out pasta atop the strings, pass a rolling pin over, and the strings cut the pasta which then falls onto a wooden self beneath the strings. The unit is easy to clean - a quick brushing will do the trick.

If the string become loose, as they will with time and use, there are two screws you can use to tighten them. I have made many many pounds of maccheroni alla chitarra, the square cut pasta of Abruzzo with this unit, and it has performed beautifully. For anyone interested in regional cuisine of Abruzzo or handmade pasta I recommend this chitarra without hesitation
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July 20, 2011
Wonderful pasta maker!
This unique handmade pasta cutter is so much fun to use. Its so easy that the kids can even use it! We make beautiful long strands of fettuccine quickly and easily. And afterward, you can strum the strings to release the pasta to the sounds of ""music""
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April 11, 2011
Great product
I ordered this after using one in a cooking class in Italy. The strings needed to be tightened, which is easily done with a screwdriver, but the chitarra is smooth and very well made. The pasta sheets cut beautifully. My grandchildren will love to help make noodles with this
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July 22, 2012
Will do the job
I purchased this chitarra hoping that it would be used in my household for years to come. Unfortunately the chitarra didn't cut the pasta evenly. In some spots it wouldn't cut the pasta dough at all. This was due to several of the strings being loose and needing adjustment. Could I have adjusted the strings with a tool and kept the product? Yes. However, I was looking for something super low maintenance. I decided that this chitarra just wasn't for me and returned it. I still love the concept of using something so hands on and 'old school' in the pasta making process. I have discovered that I prefer tools that do not require periodic tune-ups
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April 3, 2012
 

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REBECCA B on Jan 5, 2015
is the rollling pin included?

I tried to do a search for the rolling pin and it kept coming back to this product I just purchased this morning.
A shopper on Oct 22, 2012
Best Answer: This chitarra does not come with the rolling pin.
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How do you clean and maintain the chitarra?
A shopper on Mar 2, 2015
Best Answer: Handwashing is recommended. You may need to scrape the dough off with a plastic scraper from time to time & tighten the strings as necessary.
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