What does the number 6 or number 8 mean on spaghetti packages?
It has something to do with the thickness of the noodle
The numbers are not actually sizes, they're more of a product
code that the manufacturer uses for product reference. I suppose
they could be used for size reference but it will vary from company
For example, for Barilla-brand pasta, the lower the number, the
thinner. So a #1 is capellini (Thin, in America known as "Angel
hair"), while a #13 is bavette. However, I have found that most
pasta manufacturer's numbers are relatively the same. So to answer
your question in the discussion as well, #8 is thicker than a
Many Italian-made and imported brands will opt to use a
more-or-less standard sizing convention, like capellini, bavette,
spaghettini, bucatine, bavattine, etc.