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Pitaridia, traditional Greek handmade pasta from Kos. Rolled, boiled in beef broth, served with butter and cheese or paired with meat-and-tomatoes sauce. Festive delicacy in island celebrations.

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Pitaridia is a variety of traditional Greek handmade pasta that is prepared on the island of Kos. To make the pasta, a combination of flour and water is kneaded into a dough, which is then rolled out (traditionally with a special stick called pitarido stick) before it is cut into long strands.

The pasta is usually cooked in meat stock (most often in beef broth), which infuses the noodles with a strong meat flavor. Once boiled, pitaridia is typically eaten with butter and grated cheese (such as mizithra cheese) sprinkled on top.

Another common way to enjoy this pasta is to pair it with a meat-and-tomatoes sauce. On Kos, it is a custom to serve pitaridia at weddings and various local festivities that typically take place during the summer period.

This special dish is found in Kos, Kalymnos, Symi and Cycladic islands like Naxos.

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