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a tubular pasta in short pieces, similar to rigatoni, often baked in a tomato sauce.
Historical Examples

Here an interesting pause took place; at length a lady named zitti, zitti.
Franz Liszt James Huneker

My preachment will bore you, but you will (if you read it) detect an ensemble; but, for goodness’ sake, zitti!
The Life, Letters and Work of Frederic Leighton Mrs. Russell Barrington

It is known that the subject of the charming trio zitti, zitti does not belong to Rossini—or, at least, did not till he took it.
The Life of Rossini Henry Sutherland Edwards


type of tubular pasta, plural of zita (1845), from Italian.


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