Mafaldine belong to the long curled pasta family and they are shaped like a curled ribbon on both sides. They are about 0.551" long and 0.037" and 0.039" thick for the flat side and between 0.05" and 0.055" for the ornamented side. They come from southern Italy, specifically from Campania. Like all curled edged pastas, even for Mafaldine, the smooth and the curled part cook differently. The curled part is also meant to hold more sauce rather than the smooth part. It is a rather versatile format and there are a wide range of sauces that beautifully match Mafaldine: Neapolitan ragù with ricotta; game- based sauces; fish and seafood sauces; white sauces prepared with soft cheeses with a touch of curry, safron, radish or ginger.