Story of Pasta


Nothing says Italian food like a big bowl of spaghetti and meatballs—unless you are Italian. If you come to Italy, you will not find a dish called spaghetti and meatballs. And if you do, it is probably to satisfy the palate of the American tourist.

Contrary to popular belief, Marco Polo did not discover pasta. Although Marco Polo wrote about eating Chinese pasta, he probably didn't introduce pasta to Italy.

When the Greeks founded Naples, they adopted a dish made by the natives, made up by barley-flour pasta and water dried to the sun, which they called “macaria”. The term macaroni, with which a type of long pasta is currently referred to, is found in writings of Roman writers since the first centuries of our era. On the other hand, it’s very likely that pasta reached Naples from Greece. The way it reached Europe is unclear, though there are many theories. Nevertheless, Rome has a museum dedicated entirely to pasta.