We're big fans of Pop Chart Labs, the Brooklyn-based company that charts out everything from the cheeses around the world to pie charts of pie. Their latest work will appeal to all carboloaders: the glorious world of pasta.
The chart maps out over 250 shapes of pasta, organized by make— hand (tagliatelle, gnocchi, pappardelle, etc.) and machine (penne, rigatoni, fusilli, etc.); shape —long and narrow ribbons, short and wide tubes, hand-rolled strands; appearance —meteorological, irregular and amorphous, nest or ribbons, and more. They've got everything from supermarket standards to obscure regional specialities made only by nonnas deep in the hills of Italy.
We're giving away one grand prize of a framed poster in Pop Chart's handsome new Oak Poster Rails, plus three unframed runner-ups. To win, all you have to do is write a short (1-3 line) pasta poem and leave it in the comments below.
Contest will end and comments will close at 10 a.m. EST on Friday, August 16. One entry per community member. Winners must provide US mailing address, sorry, posters cannot be shipped abroad. Standard Serious Eats contest rules apply.