noun Italian Cookery.
a tubular pasta in short pieces, similar to rigatoni, often baked in a tomato sauce.
Also, zitti.

1925–30; < Italian zite, ziti, plural of zita, zito, of uncertain origin

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type of tubular pasta, pl. of zita (1845), from It.
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Example sentences
Many people around the world gladly prepare pasta dishes such as lasagna and baked ziti or rice dishes such as risotto.
In addition to pizza, its serves ziti, spaghetti and linguine with clam sauce.
The unit of ziti shall be tubular shaped with a smooth surface.
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