By Lucia May 1, 2016


We are learning that every region of Italy has its own shape of pasta. We kept seeing the word Fileja in Vibo Valentia. Uncle Enzo took us to a restaurant and there were only two choices for pasta, and one was this: fileja. of

I was confused by the use of the letter J, because that letter doesn’t exist in the Italian alphabet. I didn’t even know how to pronounce it. Uncle Enzo told me it’s pronounced┬álike a Y. The region has so many influences. Is the J Greek? Arab?

This type of pasta is made by wrapping dough around a thin stick, kind of like a corkscrew, and it’s said that it was made to resemble a plant that grows wild near Vibo Valentia.

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