Orecchiette are a typical product of Puglia, first appearing in its cuisine between the 12th and 13th centuries. “Orecchiette” means “small ears,” a name derived from their shape, which resembles our ears. Each noodle is small, round, and concave, with a rough surface. This shape makes it perfect for capturing any kind of sauce, especially vegetable sauce. In Puglia, the traditional orecchiette dish is made with broccoli.