Pronounced “kee-tar-ah,” meaning “guitar” in Italian, this traditional board for making maccheroni dates back to the 1800s in the mountainous region of Abruzzo, where the iconic spaghetti alla chitarra is one of the most popular shapes to be found. Use a rolling pin to press your pasta sheet through the metal wires and you’ll end up with rustic, square-shaped long pasta. With two widths, this double-sided chitarra is perfect for making spaghetti on one side, tagliatelle on the other!
Natural wood, steel wire
Brush off any flour with a clean cloth or a soft, natural toothbrush. If needed, use a pastry scraper to remove any sticky pieces of dough. If needed, spot clean by hand with a damp, non-abrasive cloth. Treat wood and wires with food-safe mineral oil to keep your chitarra in prime condition.
Never submerge in water or run through the dishwasher. Water can cause the metal to rust and wood to warp. Store in a clean, dry place.
Over time, strings may become loose. To tighten, use a large flathead screwdriver to rotate the two silver screws until strings are taut.