Rigatoni can be coupled with many different sauces, from creamy to chunky. Consequently, rigatoni is a popular choice for restaurants which choose to stock only one tube-shaped pasta noodle. The tube may be stuffed with cheese or other soft foods.
In surveys rigatoni is shown to be the most popular form of pasta in Italy.
The word rigatoni comes from the Italian word rigati, which means "ridged" (American Heritage Dictionary).