Though popular legend claims that after exploring the Far East in the late 13th, Marco Polo made a type of pasta.
The Chinese were also known to have been around as early as 3000 BC. To prepare a noodle-like meal.
There are writings from the first century AD that said fine fried sheets of dough are an everyday food, and 100 years later the first recipe for a dish made from sheets of dough made from wheat flour and the juice of shredded lettuce appeared, which were then flavored with spices and deep-fried in oil.
An early fifth century cookbook describes a dish called lagana, which is made up of layers of dough with meat filling, perhaps a precursor to modern day lasagna?
The first concrete information about pasta in Italy dates back to the 13th century, with references to pasta dishes such as macaroni, ravioli, gnocchi and vermicelli appearing more and more frequently on the Italian peninsula.
In the 14th and 15th centuries, dried noodles became popular for their ease of storage, and made it possible for people to store noodles on ships when they were exploring the New World. A century later, pasta was present on voyages of discovery around the globe and the world did not look back!
Today there are over 600 known pasta shapes, and their names are usually Italian words that describe their shapes.
Spaghetti means’ string ‘, vermicelli are’ small worms’, rotini are ‘spirals’, fusilli,’ spindles’, tortellini ‘small cakes’, linguini’ small tongues’, conchiglie ‘mussels’, fettuccine’ small ribbons’, penne ‘ Quills ”and Capellini“ fine hair ”are just a small selection and the most popular.
Despite the history of pasta, it wasn’t until 1995, when 40 pasta makers from around the world came together to hold the first World Pasta Congress, that it was decided to pay tribute to one of the most delicious and versatile foods and make it its very own one day – World Pasta Day – which is celebrated every year on October 25th!