Food & Wine Word of the Week: cavatappi

This week we will kill two birds with one stone with cavatappi. Cavatappi is both a food word and a wine word.

The word comes from combining cava and tappi which means ‘extract’ and ‘top’ respectively. So what do we have here kids? A corkscrew!


Pictured above is the Pulltex PullParrot and this is my favorite corkscrew so far. I have never figured out the appeal of the Rabbit. I once took a bottle of wine to a party and the only opener that was available was a Rabbit. I proceeded to knock the bottle to the floor and forever have this waiters corkscrew in my purse. You never know when a bottle of wine might show up. This is much more portable than the Rabbit and much more effective than a pistol. (20th birthday party, don’t ask.)


If you’re feeling especially wine geeky on your next trip to Piemonte, head to the Corkscrew Museum.

Corkscrew Museum
Piazza Castello, 4 – 12060 Barolo (Cn)
Tel. 0173/560539 – Fax: 0173/560539
Web site:





The full line of Pulltex products can be found here.

In regards to food, cavatappi is yet another shape of pasta. This resembles the ‘worm’ of a corkscrew and can also be called a ‘double elbow.’ I’m suddenly feeling the need to re-purchase The Encyclopedia of Pasta.


Image via Wikipedia


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