WORLD PASTA DAY 2020 — Even COVID-19 will not prevent us from celebrating this day!

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October 25, 2020, apart from being the day when clocks are turned backwards 1 hour to, is also known as World Pasta Day, and to celebrate this amazing occasion, we will give you a little guide about Pasta and its history.

Everyone loves a good pasta dish, including ourselves here at Dal Moro's in Venice. Today we all have the excuse to fill up on carbohydrates.

Where does Pasta come from?
Who helped to make it as popular as it is today?
How many different types are exist?

We will try to answer the above questions providing you with our little guide to celebrate World Pasta Day 2020.

What is Pasta?

Pasta is more than a dish but an entire culture which consists of dough made from durum wheat and water which can be extruded or stamped into various different shapes before being cooked in boiling water. Pasta can also be made with flour from other cereals or grains and can be divided into dried or fresh pasta.

Dried pasta is made with flour and water, while the fresh pasta we produce from scratch in front of our customers at Dal Moro's, is made from semolina flour - and one important difference between them is that the fresh pasta has a shorter shelf life than dried pasta.

homemade fresh pasta dal moro

Origins of Pasta

There are many stories and claims about the origins of pasta. Although it is commonly considered Italian cuisine, there is a theory that the origins of pasta actually came from Asia and were brought back to Italy by a man named Marco Polo in the 13th century.

In his book, called IL MILIONE, it is said that he was introduced to a plant which produced flour. The Chinese used this plant to create a meal similar to barley flour. The barley-like meal Marco Polo mentioned was used to prepare several pasta-like dishes, including one described as "Lagana".

il milione di marco polo

However, this is only a theory about the origins of pasta. There is evidence of the use of pasta in Italy already during the 13th century without the importation of Marco Polo.

The invention of the first tomato sauces dates back to the end of the 18th century, while the first written evidence of pasta served with tomato sauce can be found in the 1790 recipe book L'Apicio Moderno. Before that time, people were used to eating dry pasta with their fingers.

Types of Pasta

Actually, there are many shapes and sizes of pasta. They can be divided up into long and short pasta but that’s when the simpleness ends.

The most popular types include spaghetti, tortellini, linguini and penne. These can be short spiralled designs or ribbon-cut such as lasagne and bavette. Other, more exciting, types of pasta include the ravioli and tortelloni designs (commonly used for ‘filled pasta’ dishes stuffed with meaty or vegetable ingredients – or a mixture of the two).

types of pasta

Pasta dishes

Along with all shapes and sizes, there are also plenty of different recipes. Most dishes are accompanied with a sauce, with some recipes including added meat or vegetables. Commonly pasta is served with a tomato-based sauce or the egg-based yellow carbonara sauce.

See below 6 Italian pasta recipes you should know and try

  • Pesto Alla Genovese

    There are plenty of pesto variations, but when someone says "pesto", this Ligurian classic is what everyone assumes is being referred to. The only ingredients in this sauce apart from basil are olive oil, nuts (usually pine nuts), cheese, garlic, and salt. But with those few ingredients, a well-balanced pesto packs a big punch.

  • Classic Tomato Sauce

    The key to this amazingly rich yet fresh-tasting sauce, made from perfect summertime tomatoes, is that it's a blend of three different sauces. A homemade oven-baked tomato paste is deeply sweet and rich, a classic tomato sauce provides bulk and flavour, and finally, a splash of barely cooked tomato purée guarantees the bright, fresh, fruity taste of vine-ripened tomatoes. Served on pasta, it's so flavorful you won't even need cheese on top.

  • Pasta Puttanesca

    "Puttanesca" literally translates to "in the style of prostitutes," supposedly because the pungent aromas of garlic, anchovies, capers, and olives tossed with pasta were how Neapolitan prostitutes would lead customers to their doors. This is one of those stories that seem, in the words of Douglas Adams, apocryphal or at least wildly inaccurate. That said, it's a fitting title—puttanesca packs an aromatic punch and then some.

  • Ragù Bolognese

    Ragù bolognese is one of the greatest meat sauces in the world, and an essential component of several pasta dishes, including the classic lasagne alla bolognese. This recipe delivers a bolognese sauce with a clean flavour profile that plays up the subtle sweetness of the dairy and aromatic vegetables, along with the warm spice notes of nutmeg. A finishing splash of cream creates a luxuriously smooth final texture.

  • Carbonara

    Like many of the best Roman pasta sauces, carbonara’s beauty is in its sheer simplicity. Some form of cured pork (most traditionally guanciale, but pancetta or even bacon can be used) is rendered while spaghetti cooks. In the meantime, whole eggs and yolks, pecorino Romano, Parmigiano-Reggiano, and black pepper are combined. To finish the pasta, all the ingredients are combined and heated just enough to thicken but not scramble the eggs (we at Dal Moro's have a special foolproof technique for doing that).

  • Cacio e Pepe

    Anyone who has tried it knows that spaghetti with cacio e pepe is really, truly an essential dish. The ingredient list is short, calling for little more than cheese (that's the cacio) and black pepper (pepe), but the finished dish explodes with flavour.

tfresh pasta in a box dal moro

Enjoy World Pasta Day with a delicious pasta-based meal

In case you will be in Venice on October 25, we are waiting for you at Dal Moro's Fresh Pasta To Go to offer you the opportunity to taste this 100% Italian product. We are located just 3 minutes from the famous Piazza San Marco. We are specialised in two distinct product categories: Freshly made Pasta from scratch in front of the customers and the homemade sauces of our production.

Otherwise, if you cannot visit any of our locations (Venice, Toronto, Mississauga or Ottawa), we hope that you will celebrate the World Pasta Day at home by cooking a delicious pasta-based meal.

Don't you know how to make fresh pasta at home? The article below is what you are looking for:

how to make fresh pasta

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