History of Italian pasta

Though pasta might not have originated in Italy, it is there that it has found its homeland
and the right spirit for its maximum expression.

A little bit of history can help us understand just how much this simple dish went hand in hand with the development of civilisation.

Just think that a 4000-year-old bowl of noodles was unearthed in China and that the tools for its
preparation were depicted in an Etruscan tomb.

In 100 BC, Horatio exalted the deliciousness of “Làgana”: the ancestor of modern lasagne.

We also know that a peculiar food made from flour and shaped into strings was being produced in Sicily thanks to written testimonies from 1100 AC.

This product was referred to with the Arabic word “itriyah” and it used to be sold all around Mediterranean countries.

The fact that the ancestor of modern spaghetti is referred to using an Arabic word might be proof of their
origin. It is with the arrival of macaroni that we start seeing the Italian spirit arise.

In 1400, philologist Agnolo Morosini explained that the word might originate from the classical Greek word “macar” which means happy or blessed.

So essentially, it means “food of the blessed”.

That is exactly what pasta is in Italy: a plate of pasta means party and no party can start without a delicious bowl of it.

Pasta can be long, short, filled, dry, fresh and more.
Ultimately, the choice will depend on regional, local or family traditions which have reinterpreted it with creativity to constantly deliver delicious, joyous meals on every table.

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