Ditalini (also referred to as tubettini) is shaped like small tubes.The literal translation from the Italian language to English is "small thimbles". It has been described as "thimble-sized" and as "very short macaroni". In some areas it may also be called "salad macaroni."
Ditalini may be used in several pasta dishes, such as Pasta e fagioli (pasta and beans). It is used in traditional Sicilian dishes including pasta with ricotta cheese and pasta chi vruocculi 'rriminati, which is a pasta and broccoli dish. It is also often used in soups, with its ideal size being able to fit well on a spoon.