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Translated in Italian, the term Capricci means whimsy which is a good word to use when describing the shape created for this pasta. Irregularly shaped pieces which look like small sections of dried ocean coral are formed by bronze dyes used to produce the Capricci Pasta from durum wheat semolina flour. Produced in the southeastern region of Italy known as Apulia (Puglia in Italian), this pasta is made to hold a variety of sauces. The intricate shape and the rough outer texture provide a surface and configuration that allows thick or thin sauces to be retained on and within the Capricci Pasta. Made as an artisan variety of pasta, Capricci is most often sold in specialty food or houseware stores.
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