Pasta, a staple food of Italian cuisine, has become one of the world’s most accessible foods. This popular, inexpensive staple has taken different, unique versions in different countries. In the US, lasagna pasta in Colorado Springs is made and served similarly to the way it is found in Italy. Even though pasta is traditionally Italian, it has a different story and is almost impossible to know who came up with the dish first. But, one thing is sure, Italian pasta was not born yesterday.
So what is the history of pasta and how did it get to Italy? The widespread belief of Marco Polo introducing pasta in Italy after his travel to China in 1295 is false. A magazine article proves that pasta was already known in Italy before Marco Polo. Ultimately, it is a combined effort of both human intelligence, creativity, and evolution. Many historians also believe that spaghetti was not native to the Mediterranean but originated in Arabic countries and even Africa, which is known for Kamut crops. This crop is used to make a pasta shape that originated in Africa that was renamed Fregola.
Lasagna, ravioli, linguini, and vermicelli are the first pasta shapes in the history of Italian food. In the past, the pasta recipes include small, fine pasta such as vermicelli cooked in soups, broths or in almond milk to create a gruel or mush.
The year 1600 is the golden age of manufacturing pasta when the introduction of the extrusion press and brake had taken full force in the industry. During those days, pasta made by the extrusion press was superior to the pasta made by hand as the consistency of the pasta shapes and the texture were identical from one piece of pasta to the next which is impossible with home-made pasta.
Pasta and Italian Cuisine
Did you know Italians are the first to serve pasta as the main dish? Yes, they are responsible for how pasta is eaten today. They are well-known to mix the best, fresh, local ingredients to their pasta recipes to create wonderful pasta sauces.
Are you planning to eat out this weekend? Didn’t find the right dining restaurant? Rocco's Italian Restaurant, the leading family Italian restaurant in Colorado Springs, serves the best Italian dishes for you to explore. Visit http://www.roccoscolorado.com/ to order your favorite pasta or a bucket of spaghetti in Colorado Springs.