Many of the names
given to pasta shapes are Italian, but the Italians hardly have the patent on this food.
Chinese may have eaten noodles as early as 5,000 B.C.
Sorry folks, Marco Polo did
not bring pasta to Italy from the
Far East in 1292. If he did, it was probably to compare it to the pasta already there.
Etruscans were making pasta as early as 400 B.C.
Wherever invented, it seems Sicily, once an Arab colony, was the cradle of the
art of drying fresh pasta. Sicilians were also the first to boil it in water.
is credited with bringing Pasta to the U.S. in the late 1780s, after visiting Naples while he was the American ambassador
The first industrial pasta factory in America was built in Brooklyn in 1848 by a Frenchman! He
spread his spaghetti strands on the roof so they could dry in the sunshine.
remained a relatively uncommon food until the late 19th century when Italian immigrants, primarily from Sicily, introduced
the dried wheat pastas that have become the most popular variety in this country.
There are more than 750 pasta shapes produced worldwide.