Two-time James Beard Award-winner Dan Pashman, creator and host of The Sporkful food podcast, has teamed up again with the artisans at Sfoglini, this time to bring you Vesuvio. The shape takes inspiration from Mount Vesuvius, the volcano that towers over Naples and once buried Pompeii. A more modern creation, Vesuvio can be found in many shops where the volcano casts its shadow, but it’s rarer beyond.
Like all shapes in The Sporkful Collection, Vesuvio maximizes the three qualities by which Dan believes all pasta shapes should be judged:
Sauceability: How readily sauce adheres to the shape
Forkability: How easy it is to get the shape on your fork and keep it there
Toothsinkability: How satisfying it is to sink your teeth into it
You can listen to the story of the revival of these shapes on The Sporkful podcast’s ongoing series, “Mission: ImPASTAble" which also told the original story of Pashman’s three-year quest to invent Cascatelli and his work with us to make it a reality.