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Sfoglini Cuttlefish Ink Spaccatelli $11.95

What’s a cuttlefish, anyway?

Cuttlefish, or sepia, are squid-like cephalopods found in warmer waters. Cuttlefish is common in Mediterranean cuisines—particularly those of Spain and southern Italy. They weren’t always used in cuisine: Early manuscripts have been found that use cuttlefish ink for writing. It’s unclear where the tradition of using ink to color sauces and pasta dishes originated—ink is found in dishes from Valencia to Sicily and Venice—even all the way to Japan. While some perceive a warm, briny flavor from cuttlefish ink, others find the addition quite neutral.

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HOW TO USE

Try the spaccatelli in dishes from Venice, Naples and Sicily. Toss it with lightly sautéed tomatoes and fresh basil for a striking color contrast, or pair with fresh seafood: We love it in Pasta with Shrimp and Browned Butter, or as a replacement for the bread in Venetian-Style Shrimp in Tomato-White Wine Sauce.

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