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orzo

barley, or barley-shaped pasta

In Italy, barley is strictly for horses and health nuts, but the little barley-shaped pasta of the same name is popular in soups, salads and oven dishes. It's also the name for a barley drink.

The Ark of Taste includes a historic variety, the antico orzo delle valli bellunesi raised in the valleys of the Dolomites.

Text © Dana Facaros and Michael Pauls

Images by: Photo Icarus