Stuffed eggplant is a staple dish in Calabria, Italy. One that my parents' would always cook for all of us on special occasions. It holds a very special place in my heart (and stomach).
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In my understanding, a pastitsio should hold together more or less- like a lasagna. Using bucatini, the noodles themselves create a perfect, tangled nest. Baked and rested, you can cut into the pastitsio and the slices will hold together because of the chaos of those long strands.