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Chitarra Pasta Maker
"Chitarra" (pronounced key-TAHR-rah) is Italian for guitar, although it has an almost harp-like appearance. It's been described as an "old-school" pasta cutting device, a precursor of the manual pasta maker.
Our chitarra has a wooden frame, cast aluminum anchors, and steel wires that are very durable. There are two sides for cutting two different widths of pasta.
Roll out a sheet of dough, lightly sprinkle both sides of the pasta sheet with flour, and place it on the chitarra. Using a rolling pin, roll over the pasta to cut the strands. The center board catches the cut pasta. At this point the pasta can go right into boiling water or it can be dried and frozen for future use.
The end result is a very light pasta that cooks quickly and absorbs more sauce than store-bought and extruded kinds.
This sturdy 2-sided chitarra pasta maker is hand
made by a Pennsylvania artisan since the late 1940's, with wood from his
grove and anchors from a local forge.
Metal & Hardwood
♦ 19.5 " x 9.25" x 4.5" overall
6" x 14.5" cutting area.
♦ The wires on one side cut 3/16" wide strands, and the other
♦ The center board catches the strands and slides out to remove them.
♦ Hardwood frame with cast aluminum anchors and wire guides. Steel wires.
♦ Wood coloration may vary.
than perfect leveling of the frame is to be expected. A kitchen towel
underneath helps to keep it steady.
Instructions & Recipe
- Chitarra maintenance instructions
- Chitarra repair service
Pasta made with a Chitarra is very light,
cooks very quickly, and absorbs more sauce.
♦ Cut a rolled sheet of pasta
dough to fit over the wires.
♦ Generously sprinkle flour on both sides of the sheet.
♦ Place the sheet over the metal wires.
♦ Use a rolling pin with light-to-moderate pressure to cut the strands.
♦ Slide out the board, and slide the pasta right into the boiling water.
♦ Use the board to transfer the cut pasta directly
to the boiling water.
♦ Or dry or freeze the pasta for future use.
♦ A mechanical pasta maker is handy for rolling the dough into a width
that will neatly fit over the Chitarra strings.
Cast aluminum anchors and wire guides
Sliding board for removal of cut chitarra pasta strands
DC's David Rowlett rolling out chitarra pasta
Chitarra Pasta Maker Maintenance
||Keep the chitarra away from water, to keep the steel bolts and wires
from rusting, and to keep the wood from warping.
|Brush & scrape
||Wipe off flour with a pastry brush.
Use a plastic scraper to remove any sticking dough.
||Lubricate from time to time, depending on the humidity in your
Wipe wires and steel nuts and bolts with an oil-dampened cloth. Food-grade
mineral oil is preferred.
||Store in the original box, in a dry place.
- We re-string only chitarras that have a metal/wood frame and
that are 2-sided, like the one shown above.
- We do not re-string chitarras that have an entirely wooden
frame, or that are one-sided, as they tend to
buckle under the pressure required to evenly re-string.
- The cost is $20.00 plus Shipping (and
Sales Tax in PA).
- Complete this
Fill-In Form, print it, and include it with your chitarra.
- Pack the chitarra well, insure and ship to:
Fante's - Att: Chitarra Re-Stringing
908 Carpenter St
Philadelphia, PA 19147-3806
- Allow 3-4 weeks.