The other night, I was into my 47th viewing of Big Night. I love the movie. At one point they begin making a timpano, a drum-shaped, pasta-encrusted, baked macaroni type of casserole The first step is making the macaroni for it. The screenshot below is Primo and Secondo making the individual pasta.
From what I've been able to determine, it's garganelli, a type of pasta that looks like penne embossed with a heavy ridged pattern and done individually (unlike the smooth, extruded tube that is penne). It's made on a wooden jig with a pattern engraved in it and a tiny rolling pin. The pasta rolls into a tube, then gets mashed into the indentations on the wooden jig.
I got a little obsessed when I saw this. Not so much for the timpano, but the patterned pasta looked tasty. I also never imagined making little pieces of pasta would be feasible (but it is!). I looked it up and made a jig (these can be purchased somewhere, but I'm too cheap) out of a 2 x 4 and burned the grooves into it using an angle grinder. The metal cutting blade on my grinder burned the grooves into the 2 x 4 making a nice pattern that looked appropriate for this type of pasta. I used a 5/16" diameter oak dowel for the mini rolling pin.