Something I recall from my childhood, but which I last recall seeing about 45 years ago, is long boxes (about 2 feet long, 5" x 5" in square cross section) of spaghetti pasta with very long noodles inside, each bent in the middle making each piece of uncooked pasta about 4 feet long. Two of the brands I recall (of which I may be in error) were Salerno and Aligheri. Recently I have been searching the web to try to find this, but cannot even find a reference. Does anyone remember this, and does anyone know if this is still available? If I recall correctly, the boxes also had the infamous "pasta number" on them, either "5" or "8", depending on the box.

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    Something like amazon.com/Cecco-Filippo-Spaghetti-Lunghi-Archetto/dp/… ? 'Each noodle is 4ft long'
    – rfusca
    Dec 8, 2011 at 20:06
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    OR, you could make them yourself. Making noodles of any kind is not rocket science.
    – Anpan
    Oct 14, 2013 at 19:01
  • My husband talks about the same box of spaghetti that sat next to the stove as a kid. Has anyone been able to find this long spaghetti?
    – Heather
    Apr 8, 2018 at 2:08
  • If you're in for the ultimate in pasta longness: Your chinese grocer might have some tolerably spaghetti like noodles in 1lb packages that just say "chinese noodle" (sic!) or similar. This is not a typo in translation. Apr 8, 2018 at 23:08

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I imagine you are thinking of spaghetti curvati (o spaghetti con curva, that is, spaghetti with a bend).

It is a pasta format typical of Southern Italy.

Some brands refer to those as spaghetti lunghi (long spaghetti).

I am not aware of a specific name for them, although I am fairly sure there are names in various Italian dialects.


I have seen this pasta locally here, so I know it's available. I will check on brand names next time I see it and update this post.

Specifically I have seen it in artisan shops that import speciality ingredients from Italy as well as farmers markets and Italian grocery stores and markets. I would start with seeing if you have any Italian markets where you are.

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