Here is a lovely dish of Corzetti Stampati dressed with a light lemon sauce. Corzetti are coin shaped pasta from Liguria. They are created with a two piece hand carved wooden stamp, and I made these with a stamp created especially for me by Maestro Intagliatore Franco Casoni who lives in Chiavari. Sig. Casoni is one of the last living artisans to make these charming stamps whose history hails back as far as the Renaissance. These stamps make pasta that is not only a joy to eat, but a joy to behold, a fitting and suitably celebratory pasta for a birthday meal. This lemon sauce has a pleasingly bright flavor, evocative of the Italian sun. It says summer, Italian lemons.
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Corzetti are round pasta made with an ingenious two piece wooden stamp. One piece has a circular cutting edge on the bottom, and a design is carved into the top. The design might be a family coat of arms, flowers, palm trees or other decoration. The second piece has a decorative design cut into the bottom. The bottom circular edge is used to cut a round piece of pasta which is then placed between the two pieces of the stamp with the designs, The two pieces are gently pressed together to create a lovely piece of embossed pasta. The design is functional as well as decorative - it holds the condimento better than any smooth piece of pasta ever could. Enjoy corzetti, a link to the illustrious past of the Most Serene Republic of Genoa, capital of Liguria.