It’s one of the most typical pasta, this is due to it’s particular spiral shape and it’s processing technique “as 200 years ago”.
Fusilli were born thanks to the workmanship of fusillaie (women who made fusilli) that used a small iron shaft to roll fusilli with a particular and rapid movement of the forearm.
An ancient completely handmade manufacturing.
The famous shape was born thanks to a particular
anecdote. At the end of 19th “Scugnizzi” picked up
“minuzzaglia” (rests of pasta fallen during the drying
along the streets) from the floor.
Sometimes they tried to keep them and when the owner of the pasta factory noticed it he punished them with a slap.
Slap in Neapolitan dialect is called “pacchero”.