Note "Chitarra refers to a special rectangular wooden board with wire strings stretched across it lengthwise. A sheet of pasta dough is put on this board, pressed by a rolling pin, and shredded into thin strips. Alternatively, you can use the spaghetti cutter of a pasta machine. Zio Tonnino, my uncle, was always in charge of slaughtering the lamb. Zia Giosina and my mother would prepare the dish and then invite me, as an eight-year-old boy, to roll out the pasta and cut it with the traditional chitarra. It was a full day's work for all of us but the end result was definitely well worth the effort." You'll need to start this recipe a day ahead. You can special order a chitarra from Sydney's Complete Kitchenware.
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