different types of pasta laid out in different dishes

FAQ: Different Types of Pasta in Our Favorite Dishes!

Whether it’s fresh or from a box, pasta is one of the most beloved yet straightforward dishes. From stuffed shells to spaghetti and meatballs to potato Gnocchi, plenty of different recipes will fit every palate or dietary need. This carbohydrate-rich food is made from simple ingredients: wheat, water, eggs, and then molded into different shapes before being cooked in boiling water. 


Types of Pasta

There are so many different types of pasta; this is just a start. They typically can be grouped into a handful of categories, including short pasta, stuffed pasta, long pasta, sheet pasta, and dumpling pasta. Keep reading below to learn more about the different types of pasta and our favorite dishes to try at The Venetian in Weymouth, MA. 


close up image of spagetthi

Spaghetti is one of the most common pasta types out there. With that being said, did you know that there are several variations of spaghetti? These include spaghetti alla chitarra, spaghettini, and spaghettoni. Spaghetti is often served with tomato sauce and meatballs, but there are plenty of dishes you can make with spaghetti. At The Venetian, we have a delicious Parmigiana spaghetti dish topped with your choice of eggplant, chicken, or a 14oz. Bone-in veal chop. 



image of fettuccini alfredo with garlic bread on the side and garnish

Fettuccini is another common pasta type used for most dishes in cream-based sauces. The long, flat, ribbon-like pasta is most prevalent in Roman and Tuscan cuisine. It’s a thicker pasta than spaghetti or angel hair, so it is often paired with heavier sauces. Most commonly, the creamy fettuccine alfredo. At The Venetian, we serve a delicious chicken Alfredo with fettuccini, garlic, white wine, and topped with parmesan – try it today. 



tomato sauce gnocchi topped with cheese

Gnocchi is a delicious handmade Italian pasta made from cooked mashed potatoes, flour, and eggs. The result is a soft, doughy dumpling that can be served with any sauce or toppings. At The Venetian in Weymouth, MA, we have a delicious option for you to try if you are a fan of short ribs. Our Gnocchi is served with a red wine braised short rib and topped with a shaved Reggiano. Make reservations or order online today. 



rigatoni with a red meat sauce topped with basil

Rigatoni is a straight-cut cone-shaped pasta, unlike the thin diagonal cuts of penne. Rigatoni’s ridges make it easier for sauces and cheese to cling onto than smoother pasta like ziti or spaghetti. We have a few different rigatoni options at The Venetian. Our personal favorites are our rigatoni alla vodka, coated in a spicy vodka sauce. Or choose a traditional bolognese rigatoni option with braised beef, veal, or pork.



cheese stuffed ravioli scattered with cheese and basil leaves

Lastly, Ravioli is a delicious option for those meat or cheese lovers. Most famously known as the “stuffed pasta,” it is typically found filled with meat, cheese, or both. The two pieces of pasta are shaped into a square and sealed with a fork, giving the classic look of ridged edges. At The Venetian, we serve a delicious homemade five cheese ravioli with a traditional Pomodoro sauce.


Visit The Venetian in Weymouth, MA Today 

Ready to indulge in pasta this season? Visit us at The Venetian in Weymouth, MA to try our wide array of pasta dishes ready to be enjoyed. Want to plan something a little more special for friends and family? Host a private event or order catering through The Venetian in Weymouth, MA! Contact us at 781-337-4363 to get started. 

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