The origin of pasta has been widely discussed by experts and scholars of all times. Who invented Italian pasta, the dish most consumed by Italians and much of the world?
The International Pasta Organization claims that this ancient food was discovered by Marco Polo in the 13th century, who introduced it into Italy when he returned from one of his trips to China. It has also been shown that ancient Etruscan civilisations prepared a paste from crushed cereals and whole grains mixed with water. They then cooked this paste and fed it to themselves.
But there are also traces of this food in ancient Greece. It is believed that when the Greeks founded the city of Naples, they adopted as their own a dish prepared by the natives of that territory. It consisted of a paste of barley flour and water that they dried for a few days in the sun. In this case, the Greeks named this food makaria.
And there are also those who point out that the true origin of this typical Italian dish lies, of course, in Rome. Some Roman emperors, such as Cicero, talk in their literary works about typical pasta dishes such as laganas.
Moreover, just at this time in history, typical utensils for cooking pasta began to appear, including some manual machines for making the pasta plates for preparing lasagne.
As early as 1400, writings can be found dating from this period in which Italian pasta (lasagna) is referred to as a typical dish of the society of that century. But it was also around this time that the fidello were born, small threads of pasta that their makers called fidelari, and which later, around the 19th century, began to be called vermicelli
Spaghetti, Fetucini, macaroni, spirals, anelli, lumache, fusilli... There are many types of pasta that come to us from Italy. And this delicious food can be eaten with tasty sauces, or just with a little olive oil or butter. However, all these types of pasta have in common that they are made from a dough of wheat flour mixed with water and salt, although eggs and other ingredients can also be added. In this way, the pasta only needs to be cooked with water to be eaten directly.
So you know, enjoy this Italian dish, which has so much history!