Flashback to spring 2021: We were still reeling over baked feta pasta, sweatpants were still our uniform and we were blissfully unaware that pastina would be torn from the shelves (and our hearts) some 18 months later. Oh yeah, and The Sporkful podcast host Dan Pashman had teamed up with American pasta brand Sfoglini to invent a brand-new pasta shape destined to go viral.
Cascatelli—a tubular noodle designed to maximize “forkability,” “sauceability” and “toothsinkability”—was a three-year project that culminated in a five-part podcast and garnered the series a James Beard award. Nearly two years later, the starchy morsel reveals its lasting impact: The Sporkful is once again joining Sfoglini, this time to release two relatively unknown pasta shapes to the U.S. market. Say hello to quattrotini and vesuvio, the newest members of Sfoglini’s Sporkful collection, available today, January 24.