Like other pasta shapes such as Ave Maria and PaterNoster, maniche di frate take their name directly from the world of religion. They refer to the robes of members of religious orders, particularly mendicants.
Maniche di frate are part of the large family of paccheri from Campania. Depending on the cut chosen, the die used and the thickness set on the press, the pasta maker can create various sizes: mezze maniche, noccioloni, calamarata…
Maniche di frate can be combined with an infinity of different sauces, prepared as a pasta on their own, au gratin with cheese or even stuffed. They are preferably served with a generous sauce such as a nice carbonara or a sauce full of tomatoes and cheese, with or without meat.