"Same thing," he replied. "They're interchangeable." The pasta shape goes by a variety of spellings, he said, from curzetti to croseti to cruscettû. All of them stem from the word croce, meaning cross. "Many were traditionally stamped with the cross or crest of the crusaders, the crociati," he continued. "But it also relates to the pre-Latin word krosu, which means etch, like this."