Fides” is the Greek word for Italian “Fidelini:” nests of long strands of delicate angel hair pasta. Melissa Fides are classically used in vegetable, chicken and fish soups, served intact so that the nest is a centerpiece of the dish. To preserve the shape of the nests, cook them individually in baskets. In Greece, Fides are often used, instead of rice or orzo, in lemony Chicken Avgolemono Soup. While Fides pair perfectly with lighter sauces, these noodles are also used as the base for Makaronia me Kima, a traditional Greek meat and tomato sauce with the consistency of chili. Our Vermicelli Nests are just the right size for beautiful appetizers, served with a tomato sauce and chopped basil, pesto, or garlic and olive oil and topped with grated cheese. Melissa Fides can be broken into tiny pieces for delicious rice and bulgur pilafs. Once you start working your magic with this light and delicate carrier, it could become a new pantry favorite.