So my parents just got back from Italy, and the whole trip's a jumble in their minds because they joined a tour of non-English speakers and went all over the country in just a week.
She says she ate a delicious creamy pasta that had pasta in it that looked like little grains of rice. I immediately thought she had risotto, but she insists that the restaurant called it pasta.
Is there really an Italian pasta shaped like rice, or were she and the waiter just not communicating? I see two possibilities:
-the Italian she spoke to decided for whatever reason to refer to risotto as "pasta."
-it was something like orzo, although I've only ever used orzo in Greek food.