Orecchiette is a kind of home-made pasta typical of Puglia, Apulia,a region of Southern Italy.Its name comes from its shape, which reminds one of a small ear. In Italian, orecchio, means ear, and the suffix 'etto' means 'small'. In the vernacular of Taranto recchietedde, or chiancaredde. An 'orecchietta' is a disc of about 2 cm (¾ inch) and looks like a small dome with its center thinner than its edge and a with a rough surface.
A different, non-domed version is called ,in the vernacular of Bari strascinata. Unlike other kinds of home-made pasta, 'orecchiette' are made with durum wheat, no eggs, plus water and salt.