The Italians who created Pasta with such a huge variety that sometimes the pastas are similar  it’s hard to even choose! They may be the same size, shape and even length and sometimes pretty hard on the eye to recognize the difference when your trying to add it to your shopping trolley.

Have you ever wondered: What’s the difference between Linguine, Spaghetti and Fettuccine. This blog will discover and dig deeper into where these familiar looking pastas come from.

So Pastamaniacs we have some interesting facts coming your way, I can assure you this is a history lesson that will mesmerize you. Keep reading and find out more about these pastas including their fun facts and even their birthdays.  


You may have heard of ‘Little Tongues’, which is the other name used for the famous linguine pasta. It is one of the most well-known and popular types of long dried pasta after spaghetti (who we will meet along the way later). This pasta type first appears in the 1700’s.

Linguine is made out of durum wheat semolina and water (interesting)! Linguine belongs to the same  pasta family as Bravette and Trenette, all these pastas originating from Genoa in Liguria.

Just like World Pasta Day is celebrated on October 25th. Linguine pasta also has it’s birthday celebrated as the ‘National Linguine Day’ on the 15th of September. Linguine is also one of the most oldest kinds of pastas that was developed around 400 years ago.

The difference, you may wonder comes through the shape of the linguine. Which is why it is slightly rectangular  in shape. To be more precise it is wider than spaghetti, about 6-9mm wide. It resembles flattened spaghetti. Linguine even has a thinner form which is known as linguini fini.

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Spaghetti would be a very familiar pasta to many of us especially to those who had a childhood eating spaghetti bolognese while growing up! Spaghetti pasta is said to have originated from a place called ‘Sicily’ in Italy. It has been in existence since the Roman Empire era. One of the most loved spaghetti dishes would be the spaghetti meatballs dish.

It is also said that it was Italian immigrants during the 18th and 19th Century that brought the Spaghetti to the US. Since then the spaghetti dishes have been evolving and today Spaghetti is the most popular pasta in the United States.

Did you know that spaghetti pasta is such a loved pasta,that January 4th is celebrated as National Spaghetti Day!

The name spaghetti comes from ‘spago’ which is string. Here’s the difference of this pasta, the spaghetti is slightly thinner than the Linguine. The spaghetti is known to have the length size of 254-305 mm, and the thickness of the spaghetti is between 1.5 and 2.8 mm.  Since the spaghetti is thinner it is mainly accompanied by more meat and tomato sauce based dishes.

Everyone has either heard or tasted the well-known spaghetti meatballs. Here is the fascinating history about this dish. We all think that this dish originated from Italy?But, no it was originated by the influence of the Americans. Italians had their own version of meatballs which were prepared with any meat from Turkey to Fish. They were called “Polpettes”.

raw-spaghetti spaghetti-dish


Fettuccine is a type of pasta that is shaped as a long flat ribbon, which matches the name ‘Fettuccine’ because when it is translated it means “small ribbons”. This pasta is popular in the Roman and Tuscan cuisine.

It’s interesting how this pasta is traditionally made fresh but is also available in the dried form.

This simple Fettuccine pasta is famous for a particular dish, “Fettuccine Alfredo”. Which was invented by Alfredo Di Lelio in Rome in 1914. The history of this dish is interesting. It was when  the chef ‘Alfredo Di Lelio’ had a problem, where his pregnant wife refused to eat. He then decided to cook the most simplest plate of pasta that turned into the famous creamy based pasta we all know today as “Fettuccine Alfredo”.

This Fettuccine pasta dish spreading it’s love from the Italians to the Americans in 1927, and to this very day, every year on the 7th of February North America celebrates ‘National Fettuccine Alfredo Day’!

Fettuccine pasta is made with a 6.35 mm in width and is as twice as wide as Linguine pasta, to be precise is usually about 3.17 mm wide.

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Italians have never been a failure at inventing and making pasta dishes and types. Each pasta has a unique taste, texture, size and colour! It’s amazing how the pasta variety has grown over the years in both the food industry as well as our hearts and love for Pasta!

Now that you know some pasta birthdays get celebrating and share this with your friends and your pasta people!

Below is an info graphic picturing  the thickness of each pasta! So now you are an expert in noticing the difference, test your friends and family to see whether they know too!

The Difference Between Linguine, Spaghetti and Fettuccine