Pasta: Shapes, Designs, Colors, Origins, and Nutritional Data for Various Types

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George Legendre describes pasta types mathematically through ranges , and equations , , . These equations can be used to visualize the shape, cross section, and profile of different pasta types.


Organizing all available shapes and forms of pasta is a challenging task. The Morphological Classification of Italian Pasta by David Alexander contains eight classes, including the province of origin for each pasta type. Wolfram|Alpha was used as the source for the nutritional data.

This Demonstration shows characteristics for a set of 12 pasta types: their shape in 2D or 3D, their geographic origin on a map of Italy, and the nutritional data as a table (including a sketch of the pasta type). The color of the pasta in 3D can be changed as an option.


Contributed by: Guenther Gsaller (December 2015)
Open content licensed under CC BY-NC-SA




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