The Pasta Queen’s Favorite Kitchen Things

If you’re not already familiar with the legendary Pasta Queen, Nadia Caterina Munno, then you simply must witness her really quite personable cooking how-to videos on TikTok and YouTube. After you read about the kitchen tools she relies on when cooking pasta.

The Pasta Queen

She’s sassy, outrageous, funny, and molto drammatica. Ever since I first saw The Pasta Queen flip that long mane of hair on TikTok as she growled the world “ingrrrrredients,” I was smitten. This woman is actually how I became addicted to TikTok. Watch her, and you will, too, as she takes you through Italian pasta classics, each lesson lasting less than a minute. You can listen to her, too, on our recent podcast with her. And if you look close, you’ll see many of these kitchen faves in her gorgeous kitchen.–David Leite

Wooden Spoon

Everything tastes better when you cook with a wooden spoon. Plus, you don’t scratch your pans and you can use it to mix the pasta at the end with the true passion of an Italian.

Heavy Duty Wooden Spoons (Pack of 6), $36 on


Staub Griddle

My Staub griddle is so handy. You’ve seen it on many of my TikTok videos and on Instagram, I love toasting things but also make pizza in a pan in it. It comes with an amazing lid that captures heat and it makes it into a little oven.

12-inch Round Steam Griddle, $260 on


Rolling Pin

Most of my rolling pins are handmade in Florence although I have a few that I got on Etsy that are vintage from France.

Olivewood Rolling Pin, $36 on


Citrus Zester

In Italian cooking and baking we use a lot of zest! I even wrote an article about it.

Microplane Classic Zester Grater, $25 on


Cheese Grater

And then there’s a cheese grater! Are you kidding me? What would Italian cooking be without cheese…

Zyliss Classic Rotary Cheese Grater, $20 on



A ladle is a must. I have one made in Italy of pewter. It’s a delight. You need a good one because pasta water is gold and this ladle’s shape is perfect to hold water.

Antique-Molded Pewter Ladle, $130 on


Frontview of a Ruffoni Copper 4.25qt. Covered Chef's Pan

Copper pan

I love my copper pans. Especially the Ruffoni chef pan. It’s amazing because you can do anything with it, it’s so versatile, and copper is the perfect conductor for cooking and retaining temperatures well.

Ruffoni 4.25-Quart Covered Chef’s Pan, $600 on


Big Knife

My Miyabi knife is my best friend. I love the Japanese steel and one of my secret wishes is to cook some mixture of Italian and Japanese in a dish…one day!

Miyabi Birchwood 7-inch Santoku Knife, $200 at


Paring Knife

There’s another knife I think is essential in the kitchen and that’s a good paring knife for smaller tasks. I use a lot of garlic so I like to have this knife around at all times. I own a set of Wusthofs.

Wusthof Classic 3 1/2-inch Paring Knife, $56 on



  1. Which brand of pan does she use to finish her pasta in? It’s like a frypan/wok hybrid, wide and not too deep.

      1. Thanks! She also mentioned she was bringing out her own line of cookware in October. Do you have any info on that?

  2. She had a white olive oil holder with a little spout. Any idea where I can get one of those?
    I looked on Amazon, but no.

    1. Kathy, we’ve had difficulty locating the exact one as well. It turns out that they’re very popular! This is the brand that makes them, and Amazon carries a similar one, though it appears to be a little different than what she uses.

  3. During the pandemic when we were stuck at home I tried most of your recipes and all were delish! Would love a cookbook! Trying biscotti this weekend while we’re skiing.

  4. GOT to love the knobs on Ruffoni pans. I got a couple simply to own and admire those little brass sculptures!

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