The word ‘linguine’ comes from the latin word ‘lingua‘ meaning little tongues. You have probably also seen it spelled ‘linguini’ which originated in America.

Linguine looks like thin, narrow elliptical strands of spaghetti and is often referred to as ‘flat spaghetti’. It is a member of the spaghetti family along with pici and angel hair pasta.  It comes from the Liguria region of Italy where you will often find it served in a traditional Genovese pesto sauce made from locally grown basil, pine nuts, Pecorino cheese, olive oil and garlic. In fact, the capital of Liguria is Genoa, home to Pesto alla Genovese, the best pesto sauce in the world. Linguine also works well with tomato, fish and cream sauces.

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Liguria is one of the smallest Italian regions and sits on the Ligurian Sea, part of the Tyrrhenian Sea which is the northern Mediterranean Sea. The region borders France to the west, Piedmont to the north and Emilia-Romagna and Tuscany to the east.


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