Chitarra (pronounced key-tahr-rah) means ‘guitar’ in Italian, which perfectly describes this wonderful piece of equipment. A chitarra looks like a frame strung with music wire, which is used to cut fresh pasta into strands. One rolls out pieces of pasta dough by hand, places each sheet of fresh pasta on the wires, and presses the sheet through the wires with a rolling pin.
The cut noodles are then tossed to separate, and set aside briefly before cooking. The chitarra has two sides, each with strings of different thickness. One side is used to make fettuccine; the other is used to make troccoli, a typical type of pasta from Puglia.