Antique loom for pasta alla chitarra. It is a wooden and stringed tool for making egg pasta, macaroni alla chitarra. It was conceived by the Abruzzese sievers to make it easier for housewives to cut the exact homemade spaghetti. The first prototype dates back to 1860, after the introduction in Italy of the steel wire, widespread by the Germans. The tool was originally called “pasta cart” and, in this version, it is mentioned in a notary document from Pescara dated 1871, among the many objects that are part of the bride’s trousseau. The name “carratore” derives from the French carrer, which means to squar regularly, and was attributed to it in its place of origin during the transalpine linguistic influence on the Abruzzese dialect, which lasted from the Angevin period to the Murattian period. Only at the beginning of the twentieth century the “carratore” began to be called “guitar”.
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