WORLD PASTA DAY 2020 — Even COVID-19 will not prevent us from celebrating this day!
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.
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".
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).
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
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.
Don't you know how to make fresh pasta at home? The article below is what you are looking for:
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