Calabria is a region in the south of Italy, forming the toe of Italy. This beautiful region is bordered on three sides by the sea: the Tyrrhenian Sea, the Ionian Sea, the Gulf of Taranto and the Straits of Messina (separating Calabria from Sicily). The predominance of the sea beautifully contrasts with sun kissed, rocky mountains creating a magnificent feast for the eyes. The warm Mediterranean sea on hot November days is an experience unique to Calabria.
Fileja, also known as "Scialatielli," is a pasta of ancient origins, typical of the Calabrian tradition and widely associated with the Area of Vibo Valentia. A few millimeters thick, usually 3-4 at most, and light yellow in color, its shape is a screw that has been stretched out.
The soul of Scialatelli is the ability to spin, or, in the local dialect, "u filaru dinacu or dinaculu."
The dough is wrapped to resemble an "Esparto," which is a cord-like shape made from tough grass that grows wild and can also be used to make fiber. The Fileja are ideal with meat sauce or fresh tomato sauce, basil, and fish based sauces.