Zita cut are from Southern Italy and belong to the smooth, straight pasta cuts. They are especially recommended for light soups like broths or consomm s, enriched with croutons and thinly sliced vegetables. Since 1886 we have liked our pasta to be bronze drawn and slowly dried because we like it to fall into the plate full of taste, rough and always "al dente". Even though our taste has not changed, as we feel the same love for tradition, we have continued to improve our production technologies. Features include: -Zita cut are from southern Italy and belong to the smooth, straight pasta cuts. They are 1.889" long, between 0.043" and 0.047" thick, with a 0.326" d-O.U. Kosher certified-Family owned company-Made in Italy-Please note: the date printed on the box is the production date. First 3 digits refer to the Julian Date (001= Jan 1, 365 = Dec 31), next two digits are the year. Shelf life is three years from production date.