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Penne lisce, with their smooth side
Place of originItaly
VariationsPenne lisce, penne rigate, pennoni, mostaccioli

Penne (Italian pronunciation: [ˈpenːe]) is a type of pasta with cylinder-shaped pieces. Penne is the plural form of the Italian penna (meaning feather but pen as well), deriving from Latin penna (meaning "feather" or "quill"), and is a cognate of the English word pen. When this format was created in the 19th century it was supposed to imitate the fountain pen's steel nibs.[1]


The penne are one of the few pasta shapes with a certain date of birth: in 1865 a pasta maker from San Martino d'Albaro (Genoa), Giovanni Battista Capurro, asked for and obtained a patent for a diagonal cutting machine. The patent was important because it allowed to cut into a pen shape the fresh pasta without crushing it, in a variable size between 3 and 5 cm mezze penne (half pens) or penne (pens).[2][3]

Other Languages
Afrikaans: Penne
العربية: بيني
català: Macarró
čeština: Penne
Ελληνικά: Πέννες
español: Penne
فارسی: پنه
français: Penne (pâtes)
한국어: 펜네
Bahasa Indonesia: Penne
italiano: Penne (pasta)
עברית: פנה
Basa Jawa: Pénné
magyar: Penne
Nederlands: Penne (pasta)
日本語: ペンネ
norsk: Penne
português: Penne (massa)
suomi: Penne
svenska: Penne
ไทย: เปนเน
українська: Пенне (макарони)
中文: 直通粉