I really love the whimsical playfulness of some italian pasta names,

Like Mezze Maniche, it literally translates to half sleeves as in, the short sleeves of a tee shirt.

A perfect shape to represent summertime,

and tossed with fresh local zucchini, sage and a touch of salsa pomodoro.

Mezze Maniche

and, more summer fun pasta,

Bucatini, with basil-parsley pesto..

bucatini pestoalso,

Fusilli, with ragu Bolognese!