Farfalle are a type of pasta. Commonly known as "bow-tie pasta," the name is derived from the Italian word farfalla (butterfly). Farfalle date back to the 16th century. It originated in Lombardia and Emilia-Romagna in Northern Italy. Farfalle have a distinctive bowtie shape. Usually, the farfalla is formed from a rectangle or oval of pasta with two sides trimmed in a ruffled edge, and the center pinched together to make the unusual shape. Though usable with most sauces, farfalle are best suited to cream and tomato dishes.