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Where the Spaghetti
and Pasta are born...
(dove sono nati gli
spaghetti e la pasta)
Nobody can really say exactly where and when spaghetti and pasta were born.
Dating back to Ancient Roman time, the Latin poet Oratius spoke of some delicious pasta dishes that are very reminiscent of the classic Italian recipes of today! So appropriately, we still have the famous "tagliatelle di Orazio", in honor of this charming Roman poet. But the origin of the traditional Italian pastas we can only date back to the XVI century. While coming back from the Americas, the Spanish introduced classic pastas in Europe and especially in Naples (at that time, the South of Italy was under the domination of Spain). They introduced a revolutionary vegetable: the Tomato (il pomodoro), or "Tomatl", like the ancient Atzechi from Messico used to call this, the delicious 'gift of God'.
Others say that spaghetti originated in China, and when Marco Polo returned from his travels in China in 1295, that he brought the art of Pasta... but for me, that's not really true. First, because Pasta was being originally made in Central Italy in 500 BC by Etruscans.
Second, even though Spaghetti or Noodles from China are very delicious, they are made of flour or rice, completely a different thing from Italian spaghetti, which are made of durum wheat. Anyway, I think real Italian pasta tastes better!!!