Ziti is medium-sized tubular pasta about 2 inches long and slightly curved. This classic Southern Italian pasta means “bridegrooms”; it is often served at Sicilian weddings. Ziti is traditionally served in oven-baked dishes with tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese. It works as well in any entrĂ©e, side dish or cold salad. Smooth Ziti can handle thicker sauces, while ridged Ziti Rigati “holds” thinner sauces better.