Handmade pasta is a thing of art. And as with any piece of art, every type of pasta comes with its own folklore. Spaghetti comes from Sicily but may have been brought there by Arab conquest. Ravioli’s earliest mention can be found in letters from a fourteenth-century Tuscan merchant. Capunti—a short, oval pasta resembling an open peapod—comes from Puglia (the heel of Italy’s boot) and is historically made by hand with the highest-quality durum wheat.